Radleigh Homes hand over sports facilities to local football club

Dave Bishell from Radleigh Homes is pictured handing the keys to the new facilities to Ian Clacher and players from the under-14 Midland Junior Premier League Team.

East Midlands firm Radleigh Homes has handed over a new sports facility that is set to benefit the local community in Mickleover.

Derby-based Radleigh worked with Peveril Homes and Persimmon Homes to build Varsity Grange, a large residential development on the former site of the University of Derby’s Mickleover Campus.

On behalf of the consortium, Radleigh has provided five new football pitches, a community room, changing rooms with showers and lockers for four teams and officials, and car parking.

The new facilities will be managed by Mickleover Junior Sports Club.

Murray Walker, coaching co-ordinator at Mickleover Junior Sports Football Club, said: “As a local sports club, which plays a central role in the local community, it’s vitally important we have good facilities so our youngsters have the opportunity to participate in sporting activities and these facilities will make sure we can do that by helping aid in their development individually and collectively.

“Our thanks go out to Radleigh Homes and the rest of the consortium – we’re all very excited to move in and kick on with the rest of the season.”

Dave Bishell, development manager at Radleigh Homes, added: “We are delighted to be handing over these impressive facilities to Mickleover Junior Sports Club and hope they will have a positive impact on the whole community.”

The facilities at Varsity Grange have been built for Derby City Council, who have entered a long-term lease with Mickleover Junior Sports.

Mickleover Junior Sports currently has 31 teams and more than 400 junior members, making it one of the biggest sports clubs in the area.