A MAJOR redevelopment planned for Keighley's Cougar Park has been hailed as "a real bonus" for the town.

The rugby league club has unveiled a scheme to demolish the existing Danny Jones Stand and replace it with a new state-of-the-art facility.

In addition to a modern 2,100-seat stand, a range of features would be provided for use by the community – with a strong emphasis on youth.

The current heritage classroom would be upgraded, and a media suite added.

There would be a community boxing gym and a space for dance and fitness classes.

Accessible changing facilities for schools and community teams would be included, enabling Cougar Park to be used throughout the week and outside of the rugby league season.

There will also be office space for club staff, and a new press area and tannoy system for matchdays and community events.

The scheme, which is subject to planning approval, has been made possible following a £2.25 million grant from the Keighley Towns Fund.

Work is scheduled to start on completion of Cougars' current campaign, with the new facilities targeted to be ready for the beginning of the 2024 season.

The club will continue to operate from Cougar Park during the 2023 season, with temporary facilities being installed.

Ian Hayfield, chair of the Keighley Towns Fund board, said: "The development of a new stand, combined with an inclusive community-based facility, is a real bonus for the town.

"The project would not have got this far without the hard work of the staff, owners and supporters of Keighley Cougars.

"I must also thank the efforts of the Towns Fund board members and council officers."

The venture is supported by the town's MP, Robbie Moore.

He said: "I am so pleased that having met with the club many times since being elected, we have managed to secure funds directly from the Government to help with the building of a new stand. The Cougars are the heart and soul of the town and I will continue to do all I can to ensure they are supported in any way possible."

Cougars chair Mick O’Neill said: "This is a huge moment for the club – sitting at the top of the league unbeaten and now having the support of the Government to build a new state-of-the-art stand which will not only be of immense benefit to the Cougars, but also to the town."