A Wellingborough-based company has offered a helping hand to a youth football club in Raunds by refurbishing its clubhouse.
BAM Plant construction started a four-day refurbishment of the facilities for Raunds Town Youth FC, in Amos Lawrence Park, on Thursday, July 25.
The contractor – which employs about 100 local people – will save the club thousands of pounds, and involving around 25 of its workforce, giving their time for free.
It is a project which is close to the heart of Jason Reed, BAM Plant Construction’s general manager, who played for Raunds Town himself as a small boy.
Mr Reed said: “This ground has special memories for me. I played for Raunds but later on I also played in a cup final at this ground. So it’s really heartwarming to be able to give something back to the kids, I know how much it helps for a club run without a budget.”
He added: “On Wednesday, August 31, we’re sponsoring a five-a-side tournament for the children to celebrate their new facilities and putting on a barbeque for the boys, the club and their parents afterwards. The public are welcome to come along, and some donations for the club would be brilliant.”
The BAM Plant team is currently painting the clubhouse and lays flooring on Monday, and they finish next Wednesday in time for the opening.
Mr Reed added that he hopes the work will give the facilities a ‘new lease of life’ and the youngsters of the town will be able to enjoy them for years to come.
The kind-hearted Plant team’s regular day-job is to support BAM Construct UK’s construction projects across the UK.
Recently they installed public art in Kings Cross – two huge bronzed faces. They have also recently lifted site cabins out of Great Ormond Street Hospital, and masterminded the delivery of hundreds of tonnes of mechanical and electrical kit onto the roof of Waterloo Station.
To see the team hard at work during the refurbishment, and to hear Mr Reed explain about the project, watch the video above.