West Yorkshire League: Ground redevelopment project needed at Ripon City

rip  Potential development site R36 Mallorie Park Drive.       (110921M8)
rip Potential development site R36 Mallorie Park Drive. (110921M8)

Ripon City chairman Sue Dennison says the club must raise £5,000 for plans to improve the club’s clubhouse, stand and training area.

The club were left reeling nine years ago when Sport England blocked their bid for a complete redevelopment of the ground as they feared losing community pitches.

With the clubhouse now nearing dilapidation, the stand in a poor state of repair and no training facilities, the club are hoping to take their first step to improving their grounds.

The club are looking to raise £5,000 in order to submit plans to the council for the redevelopment of their ground and Ms Dennison warned the club’s future may be uncertain if this was not achieved.

She said: “It was my son Jason who said that we needed to take the bull by the horns with repair work otherwise we would be facing the real possibility of closure as we can’t sustain the repair bills.

“We are also a chartered standard club and as such we have certain standards to meet but it we don’t improve the ground then we will not be able to maintain it.

“Our main priority is the clubhouse because it’s falling down around ourselves. We want the community to use it and we also want to create a training area.”

The club’s initial fundraising event will see 12 former and current Ripon City players climb Scarfell Pike before holding a Families Day on May 30.

Ms Dennison said that she is hoping to raise the initial £5,000 necessary to submit the plans after these two charity events and is hoping to put the plans in motion ‘sooner rather than later’.

She said: “This is the first stage of a longer plan, the first stage is to raise money to submit plans to Harrogate Borough Council and once we get those passed we can go on to the next stage.

“Unless the plans are submitted and passed by the council there’s no point going after grants.”