£50k boost helps new North Halifax sports centre

Launching Ovenden Sports and Community Arena (OSCA), at Four Fields, Ovenden.'Pictured (from left) are:- Steve Smith, Joe Collins,'Peter Daveney, Terry Hoey and Rob Midgley
Launching Ovenden Sports and Community Arena (OSCA), at Four Fields, Ovenden.'Pictured (from left) are:- Steve Smith, Joe Collins,'Peter Daveney, Terry Hoey and Rob Midgley
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SPORT in North Halifax got a huge boost after securing £50,000 worth of funding.

The Ovenden Sports and Community Arena (OSCA) foundation picked up the cash from Sport England’s Protecting Playing Fields Olympic Legacy Fund.

The foundation aims to create a sports centre at Four Fields, Ovenden, for the whole North Halifax community.

Calderdale Council recently agreed to hand over control of the site to the OSCA Foundation, which will contribute £49,000 towards the plans.

Joe Collins, from OSCA Foundation, said: “The transfer of assets from Calderdale Council for community management has provided a real asset for OSCA to invest alongside Sport England to take the first step to provide a first class playing field as part of the ground-breaking sports facility development in North Halifax.”

The project will include a floodlit artificial pitch, two grass pitches (one will be floodlit), a multi-activity games area, and five practice/small game pitches.

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This playing field will be a lasting sporting legacy beyond the 2012 Games for Ovenden rugby league and football teams where generations will enjoy their first experience of sport.”

Halifax MP Linda Riordan said: “I am delighted at this news - OCSA is a fantastic community-based, community-run organisation that are first-class champions for the North Halifax area.

“This investment will ensure the playing fields in the area are improved to ensure they can be enjoyed by people of all ages, not only today but for years to come.

“OSCA works so hard on behalf of the local community. It is fantastic that the grant has been awarded to enable their good work to continue.”

The site has also been dedicated to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge thanks to a partnership with Fields in Trust (FIT).

Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of FIT said: “We are delighted to see that this playing field will also be protected in perpetuity as part of the permanent legacy that the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge will create in tribute to the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics.”

The OSCA plans for the North Halifax development were submitted to the council on September 19.

A decision is expected on December 8.