Club nets two new football pitches

PITCH PERFECT: The newly formed Cleckheaton ladies football team are looking forward to entering the league system in September.
PITCH PERFECT: The newly formed Cleckheaton ladies football team are looking forward to entering the league system in September.

A CLECKHEATON football club has a bright future after securing two new pitches.

Cleckheaton Junior FC has reached an agreement with Kirklees Council over the use of pitches at Miry Lane in Hightown and at the Princess Mary Playing Fields in Littletown.

The club will be re-branding itself Cleckheaton Sporting Club FC later this year as it works towards further Football Association (FA) accreditation.

The club is already Chartered Standard and is helping new coaches get their FA badges, so they can take the next step and become a Chartered Standard Development club.

Eventually, the club wants to achieve Community Standard which will enable them to field disabled teams as well.

The club has praised Spen MP Mike Wood for his help in securing the new pitches.

Coach Paul Lawson said: “We’re very grateful to Mr Wood and his team for all they have done for the club.

“We have been asking for extra pitches for two years, but since he got involved everything was sorted within a month. Our new ladies’ team will be entering the league next season and they will be able to use the Miry Lane pitch. Hopefully we can do more as the club develops.”

A men’s team from the Shears, in Hightown, has also been added to the roster and will play their games at the Princess Mary field on Saturdays from next season.

The club will hold a fundraiser on Sunday at the King George playing fields, in Hightown, where the juniors will face the senior side, followed by refreshments and a raffle at the Swan pub.

l Contact Paul Lawson on 07597288451 for information.