Hull City owner Assem Allam drops in on Rockford Rangers
A FOOTBALL club's new facilities have been opened by Hull City owner Assem Allam.
Mr Allam visited Rockford Rangers Football Club to officially open their refurbished cabins.
The cabins on the old Kinloss School site include new changing room facilities, toilets and a canteen for supporters.
Melvyn Welburn, team manager, said the development will prove to be a big asset for the club.
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He said: "Originally, the patch was a bit of an eyesore but this refurbishment is a really positive step forward for the club.
"With Mr Allam visiting and England international Sue Smith coming to see us in August to encourage women into the game, we're really making strides forward as a club.
"We started with nothing and ended up with an excellent facility the kids really love.
"I am sure the new facilities and the recent attention the club has got will help to attract new players and really push it forward."
The cabins have been developed by the club in partnership with Bransholme health centre developer Citycare and contractor Sewell Group, which donated £8,000 to the project.
Sean Henderson, project manager, said: "As with any development, we like to support the local community.
"The best way of us doing that is to utilise our trade and supply chain support and help out with refurbishments such as this. We're really pleased the kids and the team are happy with the cabins and we wish them all the best for the new season."
The club is now looking to secure further funding to provide spectator shelters at its base in Kinloss Garth, north Bransholme.
Councillor Peter Clarke, of the North Carr Area Team, said the development was a fantastic addition to the area.
"Whenever there are new facilities built at a club it provides a boost to the whole community," he said.
"Rockford Rangers do great work to get more young people active in the area and the support they have received from contributors and Mr Allam is fully deserved.
"The development is a reward for all the hard work from everyone associated with the club."
Rockford Rangers runs teams from under-8s to under-14s as well as a ladies' team. Visit www.rockford rangers.co.uk for more information.