Parkgate FC complete ground improvements for promotion bid

Parkgate FC play in the NCEL Premier Division.

Local non-league side Parkgate FC have completed ground improvements, which are required to gain promotion from the NCEL Premier Division.

The self-funded and voluntary run club have recently embarked on a course of improvements to the Roundwood Pavillion.

This has included widening and lengthening the pitch at the request of manager Doug Shelley.

New ground improvements

A new covered standing area has also been installed at the ground, which also hosts Rotherham United reserve team fixtures, and new drains laid to cope with first team football.

A new changing room and office facility has also been built, as well as a new covered standing area, and extra seating with reserved seating for press members and club officials.

Parkgate FC have also installed a new toilet block within the stadium perimeter, which will help the club to move up the English football pyramid.

Ambitions for promotion

These improvements were undertaken by a small band of Parkgate FC’s committee, and workers from Mr Shelley’s company.

It has ensured the ground has reached the standards that are required to achieve promotion to the Evo-Stik League Division One North, which is the eighth tier of English football.

Parkgate FC are one of the favourites to win this season’s NCEL Premier Division title, after they finished second in the league last season and were also finalists in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Challenge Cup.

If these improvements – such as keeping the toilets in the clubhouse and outside the ground’s perimeter – had not been made, the club will not be able to gain promotion this season.

Dave Platts, Parkgate FC’s Publicity Officer, said: “Last year, Parkgate finished second in the Northern Counties East League Premier.

“If they had finished champions, they wouldn’t have been able to gain promotion due to the stadium facilities.

“This year the club are determined to win the division, so [we] want the infrastructure to make promotion possible.”

Improving the club

The revamp – which involved tidying up the new units, painting and general maintenance works – has also been made to ensure that Parkgate FC are one of the leading sides in South Yorkshire’s non-league scene.

“The improvements mainly benefit the club because it paves the way for the club to gain promotion, if they win the division this year,” explained Mr Platts.

“Supporters and spectators will benefit from the improvements as Roundwood is now one of the best facilitated grounds in the division, as well as the most pleasant to watch non-league football in the area.

“The pitch improvements will also help stop the amount of cancelled games, due to bad weather.”

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This news story was self-published in July 2011.

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