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Tadcaster Albion flood appeal

Tadcaster Albion are about to set up a fundraising campaign to help pay for repairs to the damage caused by Storm Ciara.

Gale force winds and torrential rain have left pitches, pavilions and floodlights in a state of disrepair, with Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire being among the worst-hit areas.

The gales and torrential rain resulted in Tadcaster Albion football club’s stadium being flooded for the second time in the last twelve months.

An inspection of the football ground on Monday revealed  standing water around one metre deep.

A Tadcaster Albion spokesperson said: “Until the levels dramatically reduce it is not possible to ascertain the extent of the damage to the playing surface, the clubhouse, changing rooms and the floodlights.”

This has all come at a pivotal time for the club who are playing their next three games away from home at title contenders Marine and Marske United as well as Runcorn Linnets.

The Brewer’s next home match is scheduled for the 7th March against Widnes but a decision is on hold until proper checks have been carried out.

It is anticipated that the evening with Ex Leeds and Manchester United favourite, Lee Sharpe on March 11th, will go ahead as planned.

Over the next few days the club will be sharing a fundraising page to help with the costs to repair the damage caused by the storm and confirming when the clean-up operations will be taking place.

Meanwhile, SportEngland have released an emergency flood relief fund which may help towards the clean up.

Grants of National Lottery funding up to £5,000 could help repair damage to pitches and facilities.

The effects of Storm Ciara are still being fully assessed, but in an attempt to rectify the damage as soon as possible, local authorities and community sports organisations are being invited to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to pay for emergency repairs.

Chief executive of SportEngland, Tim Hollingsworth, has highlighted where the attention should be focused: “When flooding happens, the priority must be making sure people are safe, they can get back into their homes and vital public services are back up and running.

“But we know from the floods in 2013 and 2015 that flood water can cause significant damage to sports pitches and pavilions, changing and social facilities. We’re making emergency funding available now so when the time is right sports organisations can pay for rebuilds and repairs quickly.

“We want to ensure that the sports facilities in local communities that help keep people physically active are not forgotten in the floods so they are ready to use as soon as people want them.”

The grants could typically be used to restore grass pitches, to repair and decontaminate flood or wind-damaged clubhouses, replace damaged electrical systems or dredge blocked drains.

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