Football club opens renovated pavilion in memory of parent and volunteer

Photo: Darren Webb with Tracy's sister Lisa Fairhurst.

A community has pulled together following the death of a parent and football club volunteer to provide better facilities for young players.

Leyburn United JFC officially opened the Tracy Ann Webb Pavilion on Saturday.

The wooden building at The Wensleydale School have been renovated in memory of much-loved club volunteer and parent Tracy, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

The pavilion — which now has a kitchen, toilets, new roof and patio area — was officially opened by Tracy’s husband Darren.

He said: “I can’t thank everyone enough for their support towards us.

“The building improves the facilities for children at the club and is a lasting legacy for Tracy.”

The work has been paid for through a major fundraising drive by the club and local community.

More than £9,000 alone was raised from a raffle which was drawn at an event at the Wensleydale Rugby Club on Friday night.

The event was attended by Tracy’s family, friends and parents and volunteers from the junior football club.

Darren added: “There was an amazing a turnout last night – everyone has gone above and beyond and we are very grateful.”

Tracy’s favourite colour was pink and the club has ensured the colour is incorporated in the renovated building.

As well as players and parents, the pavilion opening ceremony was attended by Tracy’s sons Harvey and Jayden.

A plaque and bench were unveiled in Tracy’s memory.

Also in attendance was former chair of North Riding Football Association, Len Scott, who praised the club’s efforts to improve its facilities for its members.

The pavilion project was overseen by club volunteers Shane and Jo Close and done with the support of The Wensleydale School and its head Julia Polley.

Donations for the work came from the Jack Brunton Trust, The Jessica Bethell Charitable Foundation and Wensleydale Rotary Club.

A number of local businesses have worked on the pavilion including Paul Young Building and Joinery, G.N. Thwaite Heating & Plumbing and Mike Bell electrical contractor.

Many more have donated raffle prizes and made donations.

Football club chair Chris Ellis thanked the entire community for their contributions and support.