Local fundraising hero Nick Thatcher recently unveiled Hepworth United FC’s state-of-the-art new changing pavilion in West Yorkshire.
Nick has raised more than £110,000 in memory of his late son, a former Hepworth United FC player. In addition, a £340,019 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund enabled the club to build their first ever pavilion at their Far Lane site, comprising two changing rooms, two officials’ rooms, kitchen and bar and a social clubroom.
Hepworth United FC Chairman David Brennan explained how important it was for the club to have Nick Thatcher officially open the new facility.
“Nick is maybe not widely known outside our club, but within it he is a legend. He coached a junior team for over ten years until March 2011 when his son, Huw, suffered a brain aneurysm during a game and lost his life. Nick set up a trust in Huw’s name and has since raised over £110,000 for brain injured people.”
“This new facility will hugely increase the overall footballing experience for both our members and also the local community, and it has secured the future of our football club for many years to come.”
Hepworth United FC are now set to expand from 17 to 25 teams, meaning over 300 grassroots players and spectators alike will benefit from the facility on a weekly basis. This will include a 97% growth in sports participation at the site by those over the age of 26.