Welwyn Garden City football ground gets a makeover
PUBLISHED: 15:58 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:58 07 November 2017
Youngsters have boosted their trade skills and employability by refurbishing a Welwyn Garden City football ground with parts from Tottenham Hotspur's old arena.
The Welwyn Garden City FC ground has been renovated by local young people, alongside home improvement retailer Wickes and social enterprise VIY (Volunteer It Yourself).
Following five days of work, the volunteers also gained a City and Guilds Entry Level 3 painting accreditation.
The volunteers also upped their DIY skills by building a shelter to accommodate the new turnstiles, which were originally donated by Tottenham, following the demolition of their old stadium earlier this year.
In addition, the volunteers decorated the inside of Welwyn Garden City FC’s club house, making it a more refreshed and welcoming space.
This work was carried out in association with VIY, which helps people aged 14 to 24 to learn trade and building skills by fixing local community buildings.
The Welywn Garden City Wickes store donated all of the materials required for the project free of charge.
Karen Fisher, club secretary at Welwyn Garden City FC, said: “The project was a great success and we now have a brand new shelter to accommodate our fantastic new turnstiles, which will now help us meet the specified ground grading requirements in order to take the next step up in the football ladder.
“We’re grateful to be benefiting from the project, which at the same time has also helped young people improve their employability with new skills.”
David Lloyd, store manager at Wickes in Welwyn Garden City, said: “We’re delighted that we were able to help Welwyn Garden City FC complete their project by ensuring that they had all the materials and tools they needed.
“It’s great to be involved with such a worthwhile cause which gets young people excited while teaching them useful skills.
“The team worked hard and did a fantastic job, and are a testament to how anyone can roll up their sleeves and do some DIY to help make a difference.”