New sports pavilion for Upton Country Park

18/07/2017, PR8609

​A new £543,000 sports pavilion is being built at Upton Country Park - thanks to a Wakefield Council grant of £196,000 and match funding from partner organisations.

​Work is underway on the building at Waggon Lane which will house changing rooms, a meeting room, a kitchen and storage space and will be used by Upton United Junior Football Club and other community groups.

The new pavilion is partly funded from the Council's South East Capital Projects which has provided £1.2m funding for the development of community and environmental projects in the South East of the district. 

The Council's funding has enabled the project to receive match funding. The Football Foundation is giving £278,000, WREN is providing £49,000 and Upton and North Elmsall Parish Council is contributing £20,000 to the project.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration at Wakefield Council, said: "These fantastic new facilities will make a real difference as they will encourage and support young people to play sport.

"It's a really good example of how local councillors, the community and the Council can work together to access funding to improve the lives of local people."

The grant will also fund ground maintenance equipment to enable the club to maintain its pitches to a high standard.

Work is expected to be completed in October.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

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