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Chesterfield MP visits the new Chesterfield Panthers ground and supports the Olympic legacy in Chesterfield

Toby Perkins at the site of the new Chesterfield Panthers ground with Fred Pell Tresurer, Michele Lord Chair and Kevin Brown Secretary

The once in a life time redevelopment of Chesterfield RUFC was given the thumbs up by Toby Perkins when he visited the £1.9 million sports ground development with Chesterfield Panthers Treasurer Fred Pell on Monday.

The Chesterfield MP helped to welcome a new era for Chesterfield Rugby as he was guided around the multisport and community facility development currently under construction in Dunston.

Toby was joined by a Panthers entourage led by Club treasurer Fred Pell, Secretary Kevin Brown and the Clubs first female Chair Michelle Lord. Toby congratulated the team of volunteers on making the construction possible by securing a range of funding and inward investment from local and national agencies and private investors.

The new sports complex has been partly financed by the Inspired Facilities Fund, part of the Sport England Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Fund which helps communities to take advantage and celebrate the inspiration of London 2012.

The £1.9 million project will see the creation of Chesterfields first multi-use floodlit training ground consisting of three new rugby pitches, an outdoor gym, Multi-use games area and multi sport training pitch.

Toby said “There is no doubt that the facilities being developed in Dunston will be a coup for sport in Chesterfield. I hope that facilities of this nature can help to encourage a new generation of people to become involved in sport and help the sports clubs in Chesterfield to thrive in the spotlight of the Olympic legacy.

“Projects like this are a terrific example of the wider benefit that sports clubs can provide within the community helping to develop facilities that will not only be recognised across the East Midlands but that will also provide benefits for the local community. There is a very dedicated team of volunteers at Chesterfield Panthers who have put a lot of time and effort in to this project and achieved a great deal up to this point.

“As a former youth Rugby coach myself I know how much passion exists in Chesterfield for rugby and sport in general. The creation of facilities like the ones being developed by Chesterfield Panthers are a valuable part of helping the people of Chesterfield to take part in sport at all levels and reach their sporting potential. I am proud to support the local rugby club and wish them continuing success in the completion of the project.”

Fred Pell, Treasurer of Chesterfield Panthers rugby Club said “On completion of the new Chesterfield Panthers ground we’ll have one of the best facilities in the East Midlands. It will be a facility that will not only launch a new era for the rugby club but will provide new facilities for the community and help to bring more jobs and investment into the town”            

Toby will be swapping business suit for a tracksuit as he takes a youth training session on Thursday evening to encourage more young people in Chesterfield to take advantage of Chesterfield’s current facilities and ensure the legacy of the London Olympics is celebrated in Chesterfield.

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