Malsis Hall, which has forged a solid track record forming links with the surrounding community, helped end a ten-year quest by Sutton Juniors to find a permanent home and they have now been in residence on site for a couple of years.
Although the Covid-19 lockdowns interrupted play, the club continued to use the facilities following the easing of restrictions and played throughout most of the pandemic.
Sutton Juniors FC was granted a 25-year lease to use the pitches following Malsis Hall’s management team signing up to a ‘Community Use Agreement’ with Cravendale District Council.
This arrangement included the development of football pitches and a pavilion in the hall’s grounds for Sutton Juniors to use.
Lisa Gardner, service director and registered manager at Malsis Hall, which cares for people with mental health conditions, said: “The football club is a wonderful community asset and a welcome addition to the Malsis Hall family.
“Forming associations with community groups, like Sutton Juniors, helps break down barriers surrounding people living with mental health issues.
“We missed the club’s presence when their matches and training sessions had to be paused several times during lockdown. It has been a real pleasure to welcome them, and their many supporters, back.”