The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 13th May 2012
....community after it secured funding to replace an all-weather training pitch.
North Ferriby's training ground was in desperate need of repair, with the club estimating it would cost £130,000. Now, with a £33,000 loan from social enterprise investor Key Fund, all the club's funds are finally in place.
Richard Watts, of North Ferriby United, said: "With more than 250 children training on the all-weather pitch every week, the surface had begun to wear thin and was too dangerous to play on.
"It was unthinkable that the children wouldn't have anywhere to practise so we had to come up with a plan to raise the £130,000 required to replace the pitch in its entirety.
"The pitch is such an integral part of the club, each of our 300 members has agreed to pay an extra £25 on their membership until the loan is paid off.
"For me, this underlines just how much the club means to the village – community spirit is very much alive and well here in North Ferriby."
Sport England's Olympic Legacy Fund provided a £50,000 cheque, delivered by MP David Davies.
Another grant of £50,000 came from the Football Foundation but the club was still short.
Watts said: "I got in touch with Key Fund and, after hearing our story, they were happy to arrange a loan of £33,000 for the shortfall.
Nicknamed The Villagers, North Ferriby United is the highest placed village team in England and celebrates its 75th birthday this year.
Key Fund client officer Andrew Richardson said: "North Ferriby United is a community-based club that plays an important role for hundreds of families in the village and surrounding area.
"Since 1934, the club has actively encouraged youngsters to play football and, over the past five years, has further expanded its women's and girls' teams.
"Resurfacing the all-weather training pitch is not only good news for the 250 children already using the facilities but will also enable future generations to train and play football.
"You never know, England's next David Beckham or Faye White may begin their career playing for North Ferriby United."
Watts said the new pitch was just the start of a drive to bring his club forward.
"We have ambitious plans for the club and the fact we will have one of the best training pitches in the region is a huge bonus," he said.