Cotton company weaves into action with donation for flood hit club

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A generous textile company has cottoned on to the flood damage sustained by a sports club and donated thousands of pounds to help.

The John Cotton Group has announced that it will give £3,000 to Battyeford Sporting Club after floods last year tore through its clubhouse and pitches.

The cash will go towards alternative playing facilities for the Mirfield club’s teams as well as flood defences for the future.

Andy Grason, from Battyeford Sporting Club, said: “The flooding hit us on Boxing Day 2015 and has had a huge impact on the club.

“We had been paying for the kids to keep training at Leeds Road Sports complex but, as of this weekend, we couldn’t have continued to afford this. Thanks to the money from John Cotton, we now have the option of carrying on playing our matches at the weekends, as we slowly transition back to the club over the next few months.”

The clubhouse, located just behind the John Cotton factory in Mirfield, and its contents were completely ruined after flood water tore through metal fences and overwhelmed the area last year.

Mark Cotton, group managing director at John Cotton, said: “We were devastated to hear about the damage caused by the floods which has resulted in major setbacks to the local area. The sports club is central to the community, which is why we felt it was important to show our support.”