FURTHER details about how the multi-million pound Wyke Community Sports Village (WCSV) will be funded have been revealed.

The scheme will be built on the former Wyke Manor School site and will feature new sports pitches, a cycle track and a new community building.

It's part of a £15 million plan to boost sports facilities in the district, which is seen as a key element in getting more people in the Bradford district active.

Other improvements include major refurbishments of Marley Playing Fields in Keighley and Myra Shay sports grounds off Barkerend Road.

Individual pitches and changing rooms across the district will be refurbished, but other underused pitches will be sold to help pay for the improvements.

A report due to be discussed by councillors tomorrow says: "A key revenue component for the investment programme will identify either redundant/ and or surplus playing fields together with low value playing field sites (for example, one/two pitch sites with no changing provision and/or no car parking) and other recreational land holding which are not required to meet either current or future need for formal and informal recreation use.

"Currently two such sites have been identified at Shetcliffe Lane and Dick Lane with proceeds from Shetcliffe Lane to be used to part fund WCSV."

The sale of Shetcliffe Lane will contribute £1.6 million towards the project.

External funding through grants will be provided mainly by Sport England and the individual sports' national governing bodies.

"The Wyke Community Sports Village project will attract grants of £1m, £0.5m confirmed from the Football Foundation with a further £0.5m identified through British Cycling with the application currently being assessed at stage two and the full decision expected within three months," says the report.

There has been a great deal of support for the Wyke sports village proposal.

British Cycling has said that due to the impending closure of the Richard Dunn Sports Centre, the new site fulfils a "strategic need" in terms of the cycle circuit.

The body said: "British Cycling support this project from needs basis and also from an innovation and design guidance aspect."

The Football Foundation has also lodged its support for the scheme and has highlighted how it will be used on a weekly basis by teams including Wyke Wanderers and Park Avenue Juniors.

It will also provide opportunities "for a number of other priority formats of the game" in conjunction with key stakeholders like One in a Million and the Bradford Disability Football Club.

Keith Finnett wrote on the Council's planning website: "As a British Cycling qualified coach I believe this facility would bring immense benefit to the region.The circuit, as designed, is of a configuration that provides multiple options for coaching and racing at different levels, opening the circuit up to the potential for wider use by members of the public. This is superior to the circuit at Richard Dunn which of course is being lost in the near term. The additional community facilities, sports pitches etc only further add to the benefit of this project."