Community football team secure new lease

Caption: (L-R) -Back: Peter Crebbin, director and treasurer of Garforth Rangers and Cllr Mark Dobson with junior players of the club.

A community focused football team in East Leeds is celebrating this month after an agreement was reached with Leeds City Council to secure a new10-year playing lease on their current home.

Established in 1996, Garforth Rangers, who are based on Ash Lane, has over 400 junior players under the age of 18, and 60 adult players in their ranks. This includes a development squad for children aged 4 to 6, 26 teams for those aged between 7 to 17, three senior sides’ and four girls only teams. The club also has over 30 fully qualified volunteer coaches on hand to help with the development of players at all age groups.

Run entirely by volunteers, Rangers have also been granted Standard Charter Community Club status in recognition of their work by the Football Association, which only 600 clubs hold nationwide.

By securing a long-term agreement with the council on Ash Lane, the club will now be able to focus on its key aim of encouraging more youngsters to take up the game by developing a centre for football, and also improving its current facilities.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“I am delighted that the council has been able to reach an agreement with local football club Garforth Rangers to extend their lease on Ash Lane.

“The important role that the club plays in and around the community really cannot be understated, especially when you consider they are run entirely by volunteers and are the home to over 400 junior players and a number of senior sides.

“By securing this long-term agreement, Rangers will be able to build further on their aim to develop the community work that they do and also improve the facilities they provide. I am looking forward to seeing them move from strength to strength in the future.”

Peter Crebbin, director and treasurer of Garforth Rangers said:

“We are delighted to have secured a long term lease on Ash Lane and thank Councillor Dobson and all those involved for their hard work and assistance securing the lease.

“The lease enables us to create a home for Garforth Rangers and over the coming years we hope to develop a previous unloved area of land into community footballing facility we can be all be proud of with a club house to match.”

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk