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Life's a pitch as Dean Windass Centre in need of repairs

An all-weather football pitch named after Hull City legend Dean Windass is in danger of closure unless funds can be found to complete essential modernisation.

The Dean Windass Centre is part of North Ferriby United's commitment to junior football in East Yorkshire, the Northern Premier League club provide coaching sessions to over 300 youngsters a week and the pitches, which were installed in 1999, are now in need of repair.

The pitches were named after their most famous former player, and it was Windass' move from Hull City to Aberdeen which actually paid for the installation, North Ferriby received a percentage of the £600,000 fee.

The repairs are estimated to cost £60,000, with 50 per cent of the funding already provided in the form of a grant from the East Riding FA and the Football Foundation. The club had hoped to secure the remainder of the funds through a bank loan, but after seeing that application rejected they are now looking at alternative avenues of funding.

Speaking in the Hull Daily Mail chairman Les Hare said: "To ensure we can continue to provide kids from our community with unrivalled footballing opportunities, we desperately need the provision of a loan.

"We are looking to hear from anyone who may be able to help us or just give us some advice about where to turn to."

Hare is already on the lookout for funding as North Ferriby United have struggled with sponsorship funds, several businesses have withdrawn their support for the club leaving a shortfall of £40,000 in the club's coffers.

"Having approached hundreds of local businesses in my quest to generate income for the club, I really hope that if there is someone out there who was thinking of supporting us, I could appeal that they do so now," the North Ferriby chairman added.

Matt Morris

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