Ex-player’s footy centre in revamp

Kevin Keegan
Kevin Keegan

A SPORTS club renowned for being the centre where former England footballer Kevin Keegan began his career is set to re-open as a community sports village.

The Peglers Sports and Social Club will be transformed into the newly-named Balby Community Sports Village.

The site will boast an array of state-of-the-art fitness equipment, football and cricket pitches and there will also be a fully-licensed bar called The Tap Maker in honour of Peglers’ heritage.

The Balby site was the base where former Newcastle, Hamburg and Liverpool star Keegan, originally from Armthorpe, started his footballing career.

Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust will manage the centre in Springwell Lane.

Michael Hart, chief executive of the trust, said the village was a chance to get more of the community involved in exercise and there are plans to get children’s holiday camps launched.

He said: “We are delighted to add another venue to our growing portfolio allowing even more users to access fitness at an affordable price.

“Driving participation in physical activity is one of the trust’s key objectives and the quality, value for money and diversity offered by venues continues to ensure that health and fitness opportunities are accessible to all in the town.

“We have already spoken to the local cricket and football teams who have pledged their commitment to play from the facility for the new seasons and will be working with the local community to ensure that we offer activities that suit their needs.

“Our children’s holiday camps and functions will be launched in the coming weeks.”

To mark the official opening, there will be a Jubilee Bank Holiday family fun day fit for the Queen held on Monday.

People are invited to come along and see the new-look site and enjoy family activities at the event from 10am until 4pm.