A football club has kick-started the new season in style with the opening of a new £102,000 facility funded by community donations and a grant.
Rippingale and Folkingham Football Club held an open day for members and fans on Sunday to mark the launch of the new facility at its ground in Walcot Lane, Folkingham.
The building includes new changing rooms with showers for home and away teams and referees, and a kitchen. The club, which has more than 100 members in two men’s and four junior teams, previously used a portable building for changing and preparing for matches.
The work was funded by donations from the local community, which totalled £37,000 - £3,000 raised by the club itself and £62,000 from sports charity Football Foundation, through the Lincolnshire Football Association.
John Stanley, who took over as chairman from Pete Stanton in July, thanked everyone involved for their help and support.
He said: “We have a real state-of-the-art building now.
“It’s lovely for the club to be able to offer this for players, visiting teams and officials.
“We’re wonderfully grateful for the donations from villagers, and the Football Foundation, as well as Folkingham Parish Council.
“I would like to thank everyone involved with the scheme to enable the development of football in this rural area.
“The aim of the club is to give children of all ages the chance to participate in, develop and learn a great game in a safe environment, and this development enables us to do that.”
The open day on Sunday gave people an opportunity to look around the new facility and there was a barbecue, bouncy castle, raffle and football matches.
Mr Stanley added: “We had a great turnout at the open day which was held to show off the facility and explain what was done during the project.
“The changing facilities are a shining example to other clubs in the area and we look forward to using them long into the future.”
Mr Stanley said the club is always on the lookout for new players. To get in touch, e-mail him at email@example.com.