Photo by Theo Moye 04/06/15 Wolf Minerals have donated a container to Chaddlewood Miners FC, Plymouth, to replace their kit shed which was burnt down. Pictured with players from the U11, U13 and U15 teams are Wolf Minerals' Health, Safety and Training Manager Dave Howourth, Club Chairman Matt Matthew and Secretary Teresa Hill.
Wolf Minerals has stepped in to support a Plympton youth football club after arsonists destroyed the team’s equipment store.
Chaddlewood Miners FC – named in honour of Plympton’s historic mining links – now have a sturdy new steel container at their home ground after Wolf agreed to help the club by donating and arranging delivery of the much needed facility.
It is one of a number of initiatives in the local community being supported by Wolf Minerals which is developing the Drakelands Tungsten and Tin Mine, near Hemerdon, on the edge of Plymouth.
Dave Howourth, Wolf Minerals Health, Safety and Training Manager, said: “Drakelands Mine is a world class and globally significant project but it is also important to us that the community locally benefits from our activities.
“We were pleased to be able to help Chaddlewood Miners, which we know does a lot for youngsters in the area, and of course it seemed fitting to be working with a club which celebrates the proud association between metal mining and the Stannary town of Plympton.”
Teresa Hill, Chaddlewood Miners Football Club Secretary, said: “When arsonists set light to our equipment nothing could be saved from the inferno. The local footballing community and local business such as Marshall Motors SW Ltd, Performance Sports and the Plymouth Rotary club, rallied round to help but the most costly item to replace was the storage container itself and the club have been working hard with fund raising events to replace this.
“However, thanks to the generosity of Wolf Minerals the container has been replaced much sooner than anticipated, for which we are extremely grateful.”
The Hemerdon project is the first new metal mine in Britain for 45 years and will provide a secure supply of tungsten – which is regarded as a critical mineral by the UK, US and EU - pumping hundreds of millions of pounds into the South West and UK economies over the next decade.
With an estimated production of 5,000 tonnes per annum of tungsten concentrate and 1,000 tonnes of tin concentrate, Drakelands Mine will be one of the world’s most important tungsten mines, producing about 3.5% of forecast global demand.
The construction phase has already generated significant economic benefits with up to 500 people on site and an estimated 70 per cent of the £75 million cost of the process plant being spent with UK companies, many of those in Devon and Cornwall.
Drakelands Mine is due to enter production in summer 2015.