A SPORTS club has been awarded a grant to help preserve an ancient village site.
Hepworth United Sports Club has received £7,370 from the Countryside Agency's Local Heritage Initiative (LHI) fund, which is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Nationwide Building Society.
The cash will be spent on restoring a memorial and burial ground in Hepworth, where victims of the 1665 Great Plague were laid to rest.
The sports club owns the site and will use the money to repair dry stone walling around it and create seating.
Leaflets will be produced and there will be information points about how the plague affected the village.
The aim is to attract more tourists and walkers into the area, via the Kirklees Way.
The improved site will be officially opened on June 28 next year at the Hepworth Feast, which marks the end of the isolation of part of Hepworth during the plague.
Dawn Shelford, LHI adviser, said: "The project is an excellent way to bring awareness of the site and history of the Hepworth Feast to all village residents."
She added that grants of up to £25,000 are available to help groups learn about, restore or interpret local heritage.