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“Give A Penny for a Pitch”

Glossop North End Juniors and Ladies Football Club are attempting a new world record.  They plan to cover a football pitch in 1p coins to raise enough funds to drain the field on Cemetery Road, Padfield, and build a new clubhouse where the current condemned toilet block stands.  

After working for three years to secure the lease, the club of over 400 members in 38 teams with 70 coaches, is now in discussions with the Football Foundation at Derbyshire County FA and High Peak Borough Council over the proposed facilities.  The Cemetery Road field is mostly unplayable in winter and the teams have struggled to find alternative pitches for their games, so ideally an all-weather pitch would be added.  They also need to open up the access and provide parking, so Club Chairman Dave Rowlinson has also been in negotiations with DCC Highways. 

Fund-raising events from sponsored runs, fayres, party nights and the sale of football cards have been held throughout the year but now a last push is needed to reach their goal. 

The ‘Penny for a Pitch’ challenge was the idea of Committee Member Helen Thornhill, who told us “I’d had a conversation with other fundraisers about how we could raise more money in a fun way and get all the children involved.  Then I awoke in the middle of the night and suddenly thought ‘Could we cover a pitch in pennies?’

Fellow Fundraiser Adrian Hopkinson checked first of all that there would be enough pennies in circulation to achieve this and they calculated that it would bring in at least £16,000 if they could do it.  Local businesses and residents have got behind them both with cash and helping with the logistics of the project.  The pennies will be laid on metre-square boards, which hold £24.01, and whole boards can be sponsored.  

All the youngsters have been given collecting boxes and they can also be found around the town in shops, pubs and businesses. 

Anyone wanting to sponsor a 1m square coin board or help in any other way should contact the club through their Facebook page or website at