The Pudsey branch of builders’ merchant, Gibbs & Dandy, has begun supplying building materials to a kids’ football club, Eldwick Juniors, as part of a £5,000 community investment project.

The funding comes after the football club won a competition run by Gibbs & Dandy, promising £5,000 worth of investment to a local organisation that received the most votes.

Gibbs & Dandy Pudsey has been supplying the materials to local tradespeople and volunteers, who have started work constructing new changing facilities at the club’s ground, which will change the match day experience for players, managers and fans.

Hundreds of children, who currently play for the Eldwick-based football club, will reap the benefits from the new hot water installation and kitchen facilities, with a view to providing sandwiches and hot drinks on match days.

Nik Beedham, branch director at Gibbs & Dandy Pudsey, said that the project was a fantastic way of giving something back to the community.

He said: “The competition, ‘Nominate to Renovate’, was originally set up by Saint-Gobain and Gibbs & Dandy for community members to nominate a local organisation they felt deserved some investment.

“Eldwick Juniors Football Club is a shining example of an establishment which does so much in bringing its community together, and are deserved winners of the £5,000 investment.”

It is hoped that the development at the Eldwick Recreational Park will help generate more income for the club, which also holds community galas and penalty shootout competitions during the summer.

Picture caption: The Gibbs & Dandy branch in Pudsey has begun supplying building materials to Eldwick Juniors football club as part of a £5,000 community investment project.