A SPORTS pavilion in a Ryedale village is set to give a boost to sportspeople - including the winning local football team - following a full refurbishment.

Wombleton pavilion now has updated facilities, including a new kitchen and meeting room, and two new changing rooms with showers.

Wombleton Sports and Recreation Club, which runs the pavilion, officially opened the spruced-up premises last weekend.

Following a welcome by chairman Barrie Grice, a member of the Shaw family - who endowed the premises to the village - officially cut the ribbon, and there was a barbecue and games.

Committee member Sarah Steele said: “We’re delighted to see all the hard work of the committee and local people coming to fruition. We hope it will be much used.”

The committee said that in addition to fundraising by itself and the local community, including support from the Plough Inn, the works were generously funded by grants from Sport England, Ryedale District Council, Wombleton Parish Council, the Jack Brunton Trust and Kirkdale Parish Trust.

It added it wanted to give thanks to Pro-Line windows, Howdens Kitchens and Watermark Plumbing for discounts on materials, and also to Robin Turnbull, Jamie Johnson, Andrew Sharples, Paul Smith, Gary Agar and John Hartup for their time and contributions.

The facilities will be available to hire for parties in the near future, and the sportsfield is home to Wombleton Wanderers FC.

Wombleton, in their debut year, were recently promoted to York Division 2, after finishing second in their division.

In a post on social media, the club said: “All the lads deserve huge credit for this season as we’ve had a lot of players missing with injuries. A lot of hard work to do and a big summer ahead for the club.”