Plans for a new £250,000 community sports pavilion

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THE rundown changing rooms at Wyberton Sports and Social Club could soon be kicked into touch with plans to build a new £250,000 multi-purpose pavilion.

Wyberton Playing Fields Association wants to replace the changing rooms at the Community Playing Field on the Causeway with a facility fit for the 21st century.

Plans involve keeping the social club while demolishing the old changing rooms and building new amenities for male and female teams and making these fully accessible to both able and disabled sportsmen.

Currently 16 football teams play in Wyberton and the hope is to increase participation of all sports and encourage greater use of the centre for other events.

“These proposed improvements will be a great asset to the people of Wyberton and surrounding area and will compliment our thriving Sports and Social Club which helps fund our development and maintain our existing facilities and under 12s play area,” said Wyberton Playing Fields chairman Mel Scrupps.

“Hopefully we will get the support of the local community as ultimately they are the beneficiaries of this project and The Wyberton Playing Fields Association are only their custodians.”

Playing fields press officer Don Ransome said the project is likely to cost around £250,000 in total – and have set an ambitious timescale of just a year to raise the funds.

“We already have about £45,000 and have been promised that if we reach £100,000 various other bodies will match-fund what we have raised. It is a big target but we thought ‘it’s for the community so we will give it a go’,” said Mr Ransome.

As well as the usual fundraisers such as raffles, Mr Ransome said there is talk of a match involving cast members from popular TV soap Emmerdale, although nothing has been confirmed.

Should the association be successful in securing the necessary funds it would look to start work at the site at the end of the 2011-12 season – with the work completed in time for the 2012-13 campaign.

The playing fields association will be holding a consultation evening on its plans for all interested parties at the Sports and Social Club on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

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