Much Loved Playing Fields to be restored to former glory
Donations are being sought to restore playing fields, changing rooms and parking facilities at the much loved Pavilion on Highmoor Playing Fields. Anyone who went to the Grammar School over the past 40 years will probably remember football, cricket and the dreaded cross country venue and will no doubt be sad to hear of the recent demise pictured below. Clitheroe Wolves however have worked hard to secure a long term lease on the land and are now looking to bring the facilities back to their former glory.
Good news is now at hand as local charity the Ribble Valley Community Sports Trust (RVCST) has recently secured a 25 year lease on the land in order to safeguard its use for community sports. Clitheroe Wolves is set to be the primary beneficiary meaning their 40+ junior football teams may finally have a place to call home. However, the project to restore the pavilion building for sporting and community uses, revamp the car park and improve the access road comes with a hefty price tag. While Clitheroe Wolves are happy to empty their substantial savings account to kick start the project they believe that a further £100K, and potentially even more, will be required to finish the job.
RVCST trustees have been working hard to explore what Grants might be available for the project and are hopeful that contributions could be received from the Tesco bags of help scheme in March / April and also the Ribble Valley Borough Council over the coming weeks. Sadly, applications to the Football Association have so far been unsuccessful but other irons are most definitely in the fire with lottery funding and numerous other options still being pursued. Despite this there is still likely to be a shortfall in funding which RVCST and Clitheroe Wolves are hoping can be raised from within the local community.
Donations, both large and small, are therefore being sought from the residents of the Ribble Valley and beyond whilst offers of skilled labour and / or building materials are also being gratefully received. With players and coaches alike undertaking a variety sponsored activities and other fundraisers it’s also anticipated that the club will organise a golf day, old boys football match and a kids fun day. Wolves Deputy Vice Chairman Craig Nicholls has already committed to run a marathon for the cause and will be encouraging others to get their running shoes on too over the coming months. Fundraising is expected to carry on throughout the summer and well into the 2020/2021 football season. RVCST and Clitheroe Wolves hope that the local community will dig deep and support the cause.
Chairman Ross Hibbert said “Clitheroe Wolves has been a massive part of my life for as long as I can remember and I’m desperate to get this project off the ground so the junior footballers of Clitheroe can have a home to be proud of.” If you want to help make this dream a reality then you can donate via the just giving page via the link below or contact the club via their website.
Just Giving Page : https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/highmoor