Desborough football team gets funding windfall to move into new home

Desborough Leisure Centre will be Desbrough Juniors' new home
Desborough Leisure Centre will be Desbrough Juniors' new home

Grassroots football in Desborough is on the up after thousands were made available for a new pitch for the town’s junior team.

The £17,500 grant from the Football Federation will allow Desborough Town Junior Football Club to create two new grass pitches at the town’s leisure centre, in Ironwood Avenue.

The leisure centre, which opened in May, will now be the junior team’s new home.

Stephen Perry, chairman of the club, said: “The club has been working hard for the last five years with Kettering council to find a new home for the club.

“The new pitches will give us a firm foundation to drive our football plans forward from next season.

“Junior football will have a permanent home in Desborough and we are looking forward to seeing and playing on the new pitches.”

The new pitches are expected to be ready for use next year.

It is intended that temporary changing facilities will be put in place until phase two of the new leisure centre is completed.

Phase two includes external changing accommodation, squash courts and a flexible use room.

Valerie Hitchmam head of community services at the council, said: “The club, Kettering council and Parkwood Leisure worked together to achieve funding from the Football Foundation.

“I would like to thank the Football Foundation for helping us to develop football in Desborough.”