Leyburn squash courts refurbished with help from council grant

Leyburn Councillor Tony Duff, centre, is pictured with club chairman, Richard Sanderson and club secretary Amanda Adamson.

Sport provision in Leyburn have improved thanks to grant aid from the district council.

The town’s Community Leisure Club has received £7,848 towards a £26,162 scheme to refurbish the squash courts and install energy saving insulation and LED lighting.

The club was privately owned until two years ago – but when it closed members formed a non-profit community club, taking over its fixtures and fittings.

It is now run on a voluntary basis with gym memberships reduced to just £20 per month, along with cheaper hire charges.

Richmondshire District Council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock said that the authority’s social fund has helped eleven schemes over the past 18 months with £266,671 helping projects worth £1.2m.

“Our fund has made a difference to people’s lives across Richmondshire – helping them to reach fruition,” she said.

“Without this cash many might not have gone ahead – this Leyburn project is a great example of a facility that has been taken over by the local community and is now going from strength to strength.”

She said the projects to benefit from social fund cash are:


Scotton Parish Council Hunton footpath £10,500
Richmond School Construction of 3G artificial grass sports pitch £50,000
Wensleydale Rugby Club Building work £46,717
Foxglove Covert LNR Conservation and interpretation of heathland £8,756
Leyburn Bowls Club New clubhouse, pavilion and equipment shed £17,505
Leyburn Community Leisure Club Refurbishment of squash courts £7,848
Richmond Town Football Club Whitefields refurbishment £12,960
Garrison Gathering Memorial art project £15,000
Richmond Building Preservation Trust The Old Grammar School £50,000
Richmondshire Leisure Trust Health and wellbeing within Richmondshire £25,356
Colburn Town Council Play park improvements £22,027