News article created on 20 February 2020

We say 'thank you' to Whaley Bridge Athletic Football Club

We have sponsored new sports shirts for the Whaley Bridge Football Club Under 12’s team as a ‘thank you’ for the club’s incredible contribution towards the Toddbrook Reservoir dam repair works

Football team and coaches posing with their new kit Toddbrook Whaley Bridge FC under 12s wearing their new sponsored kit

Part of the club’s grounds, off Park Road, have been occupied by construction site cabins, installed by us and our contractor Kier as a base while the damaged reservoir dam wall is repaired.

We are currently keeping the reservoir drained as preparations are made for its long-term repair – a multi-million pound project that is likely to take several years.

The club has been fantastic

Gillian Renshaw, our trust engagement manager, said: “Everyone at Whaley Bridge Football Club has been fantastic and made us feel so welcome. From chinooks landing on their playing fields during the emergency last August to the inconvenience of the long-term repair project, the club’s volunteer organisers and players could not have been more helpful.

“This is a situation that none us wanted or envisaged but we are trying our best to fix everything – a job which is made so much easier with the understanding and support of the club. We are delighted to show our appreciation of their efforts by sponsoring their Under 12’s new kit.”

A challenging season

Whaley Bridge AFC development officer John Hind said: “For the Junior Football club, it has been a challenging first season without a pitch and we are indebted to Furness Vale FC and Chinley FC for their help. We have enjoyed tremendous support from the local community who have continued to rally around after the events in August.

"We would like to thank the Canal & River Trust, Kier and also High Peak Borough Council, ‘Ditch your Goretex’ ‘keep your chinook up’ discount football kits, Tesco and Waitrose supermarkets for their donations to the club.”

For more information please email toddbrook@canalrivertrust.org.uk.