£400k to be spent on sports development at Kirton Lindsey
MORE than £400,000 will be spent on a state-of-the-art sports pavilion in Kirton in Lindsey.
KLASSIC (Kirton in Lindsey Actively Supporting Sport in the Community) has received a £324,000 grant from the Football Foundation, the country's largest sports charity, as well as £50,000 from The FA's 11v11 fund.
On top of this, the group has been given a £15,000 grant by North Lincolnshire Council and a £30,000 grant as part of the local authority's LEADER programme, which aims to improve rural areas of North Lincolnshire.
As a result, a new sports pavilion will be built at KLASSIC Park, south of Ings Road, for local sports teams at a cost of £424,000.
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It will provide changing rooms for football and rugby teams using nearby pitches and a pavilion for the recently established bowls team using the site.
Mandy Torn, secretary and fundraising co-ordinator for KLASSIC – which is celebrating its 10th year – said: "Our aim has been to provide local sports clubs and community groups with a purpose-built, permanent base in the town and this new building will provide them with just that.
"On behalf of the committee and our community, we would like to thank the Football Foundation and all of our other funders for their support over the last couple of years in working with us towards getting this grant. Their commitment to our project has helped us to move it full steam ahead and we are really looking forward to getting the construction under way."
Kirton in Lindsey Football Club started playing at KLASSIC Park in September, but with access to only a single toilet and no changing facilities on the site, it has been in desperate need of an upgrade.
The building will consist of two changing rooms with showers and toilet facilities, changing facilities for officials, disabled facilities, a kitchen and storage space on the ground floor and in the loft.
There will also be a community room which will become the new home for the local scout group, be used by the sports clubs for gala days and provide a new home for the indoor short mat bowls teams.
Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: "KLASSIC has been extremely energetic and has worked tirelessly in partnership with the Lincolnshire FA to secure this funding."
Building work is likely to start at the beginning of February and is anticipated to finish in July.