FA chairman salutes £4m community sports hub

David Bernstein, Chairman of the Football Association with players from Handsworth Junior Sporting Club    (Photographer ' Peter Goldstraw)
David Bernstein, Chairman of the Football Association with players from Handsworth Junior Sporting Club (Photographer ' Peter Goldstraw)

From Wembley to Westfield, such was the scenario for FA Chairman David Bernstein.

He specifically came to Sheffield to visit the site of Sheffield & Hallamshire FA’s proposed new home, a £4 million community sports hub based on the playing fields of the former Westfield school in Mosborough.

The plans, which have recently been granted planning permission by Sheffield City Council, will provide facilities for football, rugby, and American football teams.

Bernstein said: “I think the site is absolutely fantastic, and, the whole scheme is brilliant for both football and the whole community.

“Cuts in the budgets of local authorities means that sport has suffered.

“At a time like this the Westfield project is needed as a facility, not only for football but for society in general.”

James Hope-Gill, Chief Executive of Sheffield and Hallamshire FA, said: “It was great to have the FA Chairman visit the site and meet some of the players from teams already using Westfield.

“He seemed very impressed with the plans and gave an assurance that he would support any funding applications to help us raise the capital needed to ensure that the project goes ahead.”

The FA chairman also visited Handsworth Sport Club’s Oliver’s Mount ground where he was shown plans to further develop the site to allow the first team to continue to grow. Then it was onto Bramall Lane to see Sheffield United overcome Carlisle United 1-0 thanks to a Ched Evans goal.