3 July 2009

A PROUD sporting tradition stretching back more than 100 years is set to rise from its own ashes in Denaby.
A group of local sports people from the village, in association with Denaby Miners Welfare, have been meeting to bring sport back – using the Welfare ground at Denaby Main.
Sports Denaby will be based at the former Denaby United ground, starting with professionally coached football sessions for youngsters later this month.
The initiative, headed by sporting entrepeneur Steve Phillips and Pete Atkinson MBE, will involve clearing up the former stadium which became a haven for nuisance youths and drug users after it was trashed by vandals.
Pete Atkinson told the Times: "We are trying to cover the whole range of sport starting with a junior football team and will begin by playing friendlies in the coming season.
"We have official coaches and there will be a small charge of 1 to pay for youngsters' drinks etc, as they are training.
"The sports facilities are owned by Denaby Miners Welfare Club and the people involved have been tidying up to get it ready.


"The football pitch itself is in good condition, but the outer field once occupied by the old stand was a mess.
"We thought we had to make a start and do something about it.
"Steve Phillips – a keen sports activist and owner of Mexborough's Empress Ballroom – and the other coaches are keen to pass on their experience to help local youths benefit in so many ways from participating in sport.
"The Welfare Club and CISWO have been very helpful in us getting on with the project."
The steering group is busy preparing the football ground ready for the first coaching sessions – which will be held on Saturday, July 25, between 10am and noon.
The sessions will be open to youngsters aged six to 16, including girls.
As the club grows, other sports will be introduced, with bowls, cricket and athletics all on the agenda.
The club will be called Sport Denaby, with the chosen sport added to the end.
Pete Atkinson can be contacted on 01709 862661.
The Tickhill Road football ground was home to Denaby United for more than 107 years before the club was wound up in 2002 following an acrimonious dispute with the Miners Welfare Club Committee