Gibbs & Dandy wins £5,000 grant to renovate playing field changing rooms

Published:  17 August, 2015

The Pudsey branch of builders merchant Gibbs & Dandy has won a £5,000 grant to support a local junior football team.

The money will be used to completely renovate the existing changing rooms on a recreation ground in Eldwick, near Bingley, which are used by Eldwick Juniors football club.

Once plans are finalised, it is hoped the renovation work will begin in October and be completed by the New Year.

The £5,000 grant was awarded to the Pudsey branch by Gibbs & Dandy’s parent company, Saint-Gobain, which is this year celebrating its 350th anniversary. As part of the celebrations, Saint-Gobain launched the ‘Nominate to Renovate’ campaign, encouraging its employees to submit a proposal to support a local initiative.

Nik Beedham, manager of the Pudsey branch, submitted an application for the grant after hearing of the club’s woes.

He said: “The team currently uses what is basically an old dilapidated pre-fabricated hut, which leaks water during the winter and does not contain any heating. It’s in dire need of repair. When I heard about it I wanted to do whatever I could to help.

“The award of this grant means the club can now afford a complete renovation and transform the old changing rooms into something that is modern and comfortable.”

Stuart Moorhouse, of Eldwick Juniors, said: “The team plays weekly at Eldwick Recreation Ground and are great ambassadors for playing sports at grass roots level within the community. However, the children have had to make do with really poor facilities. But thanks to Nik and Gibbs & Dandy in Pudsey, we will soon have an amazing new changing room, which will benefit the team for many years to come.”

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