Video: Former Sheffield United player helps to transform church building

Part of a Sheffield church is undergoing a major transformation – thanks to a former Sheffield United footballer.

Footballer-turned-builder Phil Starbuck is heading up a team which is refurbishing the church house at Spa View Community Church, Hackenthorpe.

Chris and Shan Jeavons.

Chris and Shan Jeavons.

In a style similar to popular TV show DIY SOS, all the materials has been donated by generous companies and tradesmen.

The five-day project is the first for Phil’s charity New 4 Old and will see the church house turned back into a family home after 18 years as an office and youth club.

Phil, aged 45, and now a pastor and builder in Loughborough, said: “It’s really exciting. I had a vision that God gave me and it is awesome to see it come together.

“The work I am doing mobilises the church to make links with the community and partnering with the community.”

Phil, who played for Sheffield United between 1994 and 1997, said he had been ‘humbled’ by the generosity of everyone involved.

He said: “It is mind blowing and really humbling.”

Work being carried out is worth about £20,000 and includes rewiring and plastering the whole property, installing a new bathroom, a downstairs toilet and windows and decorating every room.

Church leaders Chris and Shan Jeavons plan to move into the house in August with their daughter Grace and become community pastors.

Chris, aged 31. who currently lives in Swallownest, said: “We are going to be moving in to be part of the community and be here 24-7.

“I’m blown away by how many people have helped, even down to the cleaning.

“We delivered 2,500 leaflets in the community about how people could get involved.

“One lady contacted me and said she was part of a cleaning company. She said she couldn’t do DIY, but she can come to help clean up after.”

The building work, which began on Monday, is part of a series of activities at the church aimed at bringing the community together.

A battle of the bands competition takes place tonight between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, while tomorrow there will be a Question of Sport event, with former Sheffield Wednesday player Michael Johnson, between 7pm and 9pm.

On Saturday, there will be a community open day between 11am and 3pm, where people can view the finished house and enjoy various activities and refreshments.