Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin has hailed the beginning of an exciting new era for a local football club after their plans for a new clubhouse moved a step closer.

Ms Brabin has been working with Howden Clough Junior Football Club to try and secure a location for a clubhouse to provide a much-needed facility for the players and their families.

And now, after discussions with Batley Girls’ High School where the club already play some of its matches, the school has agreed in principle to let Howden Clough JFC install a clubhouse on its land.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “There is such a passion at the club to give the young people the best possible experience so I’m absolutely thrilled that their dream of a new clubhouse is step closer to becoming reality.

“This is testament to the vision, hard work and determination of all involved at the club and a huge thank you also has to go to Batley Girls for being so supportive of a project that will undoubtedly benefit the local community.”

The new clubhouse, as well as improving the overall match day experience for players and families, would give the club a permanent base and a new fundraising stream to strengthen their ability to provide grassroots sport for local children.

Ben Chapman, the club’s vice-chair, said: We are very grateful for the support from Tracy and the management of Batley Girls High School; this is a very exciting first step in realising our dream of giving a home to our players and supporters.

Julie Haigh and David Cooper, Co-Heads at Batley Girls’ High School, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Howden Clough JFC in this venture. Organisations such as this make such a positive impact on our communities and we are very happy to help.

A meeting at Batley Girls to discuss the plans was also attended by Cath Pinder, Regional President for the GMB, who hopes to help with fundraising for the new clubhouse through her role with the union.

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