Pitch perfect surface for school

Work in progress - pictured helping out with building work on the new all weather pitch at The Wensleydale School is Coun John Blackie at the controls with  head teacher Phil Benaiges. (s)
Work in progress - pictured helping out with building work on the new all weather pitch at The Wensleydale School is Coun John Blackie at the controls with head teacher Phil Benaiges. (s)

A ten year wait for new sports facilities in Leyburn is coming to an end.

Funding for a £150,000 all weather pitch at The Wensleydale School and Sixth Form has been secured after Richmondshire District Council gave £100,000 to the project.

The facility, which will be used by both the school and the local community, should be ready in December.

School governors signed the contract last week

“It has been a real test of patience but we are now ready to go,” said project manager, Lee Wasden of The Wensleydale School and Sixth Form.

“It is a very exciting project, youngsters coming back to school after half term can see building work underway and they should be playing on it before the end of the year.”

Coun John Blackie, Leader of Richmondshire District Council said: “It seems incredible that it has taken ten long years to get to here but soon they will be able to enjoy a high quality sporting facility, nothing less than they deserve.”

The new pitch will be suitable for football, hockey and practice netball, and will be floodlit to provide winter and night time community use.

Phil Benaiges, Headteacher of The Wensleydale School and Sixth Form said: “We are delighted we have been able to achieve our long-cherished ambition of providing high quality sports facilities for both student and community use.

“I would like to thank all of those involved in bringing this project to fruition including Lee Wasden, the Governors and particularly Richmondshire District Council for their support.”