Bentham Playing Fields Project (Updated March 2012)
The Bentham Playing Fields Project is a major scheme that will cost
in the region of £500,000 when finished. The first two phases have been completed
with funding from Sport England New
Opportunities Fund, The Football Foundation, the Market Towns
Initiative/Countryside Agency, Bentham Sports Club, Craven District
Council and Bentham Town Council
Matched funding was provided from the Playing Fields
Association and from local fund raising activities.
The project has three phases :
Refurbish the football and cricket playing areas.
Provide a new mini soccer area for Craven Wanderers under 10ís.
This was finished in 2003 and has been used successfully
since then with very good reviews. Flooding that had affected
the pitches for many years has also been reduced.
Build a new shower block to provide modern facilities for home and
This was completed in 2004 and has been in use since then
with again good feedback on the facilities made available.
More recently a new car parking area has been provided.
Floodlights for the football training area
were installed in 2008. They are operated using a token system.
For details see Bentham News article
for December 2008.
Work on upgrading the tennis courts and the
provision of a new wheels park was completed in 2010. Both these
facilities are well used.
New equipment has also been set up in the
children's play area and is very popular.
Although the major refurbishment has now been
completed annual fund raising is still required to cover the cost of
maintenance, especially for football and cricket pitches.
A major boost to this has been given this year
through a grant from TalkTalk.
More from: Pam Woof on 015242 62001