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Three Peaks challenge to boost funding hopes

Stanton Ilkeston Football Club have been awarded �500,000 by the FA to improve their ground. The exec committee

Stanton Ilkeston Football Club have been awarded �500,000 by the FA to improve their ground. The exec committee

A team of walkers from Stanton Ilkeston Football Club will tackle the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge as part of a bid to unlock funding of £450,000.

The group of seven will bid to scale Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales in the space of 12 hours on Saturday (July 19).

The event is part of a series of fundraisers by the club, which needs support to raise enough money to unlock a huge windfall of £450,000 from Derby Football Association (FA).

If Stanton can raise £60,000 by next March, they will receive the grant which will pay for a new headquarters for the club, including new pitches and facilities to benefit the whole community.

Club chairman Rob Kirk said it was a fantastic opportunity.

He said: “It’ll be amazing, not just for the football club but for Ilkeston.”

The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing three peaks over 2,000 feet high and the total distance covered is in the region of 26 miles.

Organiser and group leader Lee Tabreham is hoping for good conditions.

“What’s worrying me more than anything is if it’s too warm, it’s going to make it even more difficult,” the 46-year-old said.

The walkers are hoping to raise £2,000 through the challenge to edge them closer to the £60,000 total.

He added: “I wish everyone luck and hope our limbs aren’t aching too much afterwards.”

Stanton Ilkeston FC have raised around £14,000 in total so far but continue to seek support from the local community to help in any way they can.

For more information on events and to donate visit www.stantonilkestonfc.co.uk.

 

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