SPORTY Ackworth residents are celebrating after a new community pavilion was unveiled in the village.
Residents now have access to changing rooms, storage space and a community room at the clubhouse on Carr Bridge playing fields.
Coun Sarah Balfour officially opened the site last week with MP Jon Trickett and members of Ackworth Parish Council.
Coun Balfour, chairman of the parish council, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the sports teams in Ackworth finally have access to modern facilities.
“Developing this project and raising the money to build it has taken years of hard work by the parish council and other partners and it is rewarding to see the building now completed.
“We thank in particular Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN), Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) and Wakefield Council for their invaluable assistance.”
The £270,000 project was part-funded by a £50,000 grant from WREN, £43,000 from CRT and £5,500 from Wakefield Council, in addition to years of investment from the parish council.
Ackworth Allstars Junior Football Club, Ackworth Juniors FC, Ackworth United AFC and Ackworth Jaguars Rugby League Club will now be able to usee the pavilion, which has been named after Ackworth cricketer Neil Lloyd.
Coun Balfour added: “The parish council recognises the significance of this in improving the lives of people in the village and is delighted to be able to support their efforts through the provision of first class facilities.”