When the pits in the coal mining village of Kiveton closed in the mid- 1990’s, after 130 years of production, local residents found it hard to imagine what the future might bring. Over 1,000 jobs were lost and a majority of the buildings across the 200 acre site were demolished or left to fall into a state of disrepair. Kiveton Park and Wales Community Development Trust was established in the wake of the closure in 1997 with the aim of supporting the social, cultural and economic regeneration of the former mining community.
In 2014, the Trust took ownership of the colliery building where it is based and 7.5 acres of surrounding land. The asset provided the Trust with an opportunity to generate additional revenues that could help fund existing services and support the development of new local initiatives. An extensive local consultation exercise showed overwhelming demand and support for the development of a new sports facility on the site. A subsequent feasibility study demonstrated that the sport facility had the potential to be self-financing and generate a surplus that could be reinvested in the community.
In 2015, the Trust secured funding from Power to Change to deliver the project and in January 2016 work began to develop the facility.
By refurbishing this facility we can improve the lives of people in our community and create a place that will help develop people’s confidence, teamwork, discipline, health and well-being
Steph Hryschko – Chair of Kiveton Park and Wales CDT