Help raise funds for £1 million sports complex

SP91479 Denis Saunders (Chairman Duffield cricket club) Simon Hace (Duffield Dynamo's) at the site of the new sports development.
SP91479 Denis Saunders (Chairman Duffield cricket club) Simon Hace (Duffield Dynamo's) at the site of the new sports development.

AN EXCITING £1 million multi-purpose sports centre for Duffield is nearing fruition – as long as the money for the project can be raised.

The complex, which would be on Eyes Meadow, would be shared by the village’s cricket club and the Duffield Dynamos Football Club.

But, if the scheme is to get over the finishing line, £1 million needs to be found.

Years of meetings between members of sporting organisations, planners, architects and advisory bodies have seen the proposed development pass all the tests.

Now the two clubs, and the village’s parish council, want to hear from anyone who can help raise some money, or anyone who has any fundraising ideas.

A spokesman on the project said: “The football and cricket clubs, together with Duffield Parish Council, are working hand-in-hand to build a great community facility.

“The project has been subject to extensive consultation, and it has taken several years to get to a stage where all the parties, the planners and the environment agency are happy with the outcome.

“The next stage of the process is to raise the funds to make the project a reality.”

The proposed building, to replace the cricket pavilion, has been designed to meet environment agency and planning authority requirements.

It is to be environmentally-friendly, and will aim to save energy and be sustainable.

An all-round balcony will give all site users the chance to view sport from the pavilion, wherever it is located on the site.

The spokesman added: “It will give Duffield Dynamos a home for the first time and will complement the proposed all-weather training area that they hope to develop alongside the building.

“They will be sharing the facility with the cricket club, but other clubs may join as the facility develops.

“The parish council has already supported the community in funding some works already, but the big drive for funding starts now.”

The usual approaches to recognised funding organisations are to be made, but now the two clubs and the parish council want to hear from people or businesses who have any fundraising ideas that could help.

If you have an idea or are interested in getting involved in the project get in touch with the cricket club by ringing 01332 842610 or via email at duffieldcc@googlemail.com, or the football club via its website at www.duffielddynamofc.org.uk.

Alternatively, contact the parish council on 01332 842740 or via its website at www.duffieldpc.org.uk.