Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

This project is to replace an existing bowls/football pavilion at Shakespeare Park. This wooden building is over 40 years old with no heating, air conditioning, and limited disabled access. We will provide a new modern building with larger function room, kitchen and fully incorporated changing rooms/referee rooms for all sports clubs to use. There will be storage for sports equipment, goal posts and storage for greens maintenance. The new pavilion will be built in a different location on the park overlooking both the bowls green and football pitches. The existing pavilion will be demolished and the extra land will be used to accommodate a larger car park which will double the parking spaces available thus reducing parking problems with increased usage. The pavilion will provide shared facilities for the bowls, football club and tennis users and will incorporate a new petanque court adjacent to the new pavilion. The tennis courts will be refurbished with new court surfaces, fencing and nets. The current condition of the existing building is discouraging new members to join the bowls club and the existing changing rooms for football are run down and need complete refurbishment.

The impact this project will have on the community is to provide a new facility that not only allows the existing clubs to continue running but provide facilities and support to encourage the formation of a tennis club and new petanque club. The tennis courts are well used but we aim to support the creation of a tennis club at the venue. We also want to use the new function room to arrange new daytime exercise classes and groups to offer help and support to local residents with health issues or to encourage residents to take up a healthy lifestyle. The area around the sports club is shown in government figures to be one of the most deprived areas in Blaby District and so it is imperative we provide facilities and opportunities for residents in the area to improve both their health and wellbeing.

The new pavilion will allow the existing local football club to continue and expand their work with young people and to support their girls and ladies team. The Bowls club can provide a better environment for their players and away teams to meet in and expand the number of greens available to use. The existing function room is not big enough to support all bowls players if all the greens are used which is therefore restricting the amount of people that can play at the same time. The tennis courts are well used in the summer but we want to provide coaching and support for local residents that want to take up and improve their tennis. Ultimately we want to support the setting up of a tennis club on the site. We will also be able to utilise the tennis courts for netball which suffers from a lack of venues in Blaby District.

Whilst the Town Council is funding the biggest portion of this project it is important that we raise funds from as many sources as possible in order to reduce the burden on the tax payers in the town. Without support from grants the Town Council may have to reconsider the project and the extent to what we can and cannot provide which could impact on the sports clubs and residents of the Town.

Vote for this project as this is not just a project planned and administered by the council but is a project for the community to engage in sport and healthy living, for sports clubs to continue to thrive and expand and provide a facility for future generations to use. We are not restricting the site to one or two sports but see a bigger vision to incorporate many different sports in one venue to provide choice and provision for a wide range of local resident's needs, interests and abilities. More importantly, residents have been involved from the start with the planning and design and are the very people that will be using the facilities on a day to day basis.

Braunstone Town Council

We have worked hard for 3 years to get this project to building stage. It has involved the local community, sports clubs, district council and architects to put together a sports facility for future generations of the Town to use and residents have been involved from the outset in its design.

Location: Braunstone Town