£75K fund for Doncaster sports pavilion

Caroline Flint
Caroline Flint

A community group are set to receive £175,000 worth of funding to help build a new sports pavilion.

Bawtry Action for Recreation and Sport, (BARS), has already secured £75,000 National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.

BARS will receive £75,000 to help build a new Community Sports Pavilion at the Memorial Sports Ground, Bawtry, which will serve not only the sports clubs at the ground but also the whole community who will be able to use the function room and bar for meetings, parties and presentations.

The project is also set to received £100,000 from Doncaster council.

Mayor Ros Jones are her Cabinet will decide whether or not to approve the funding during its meeting on Tuesday October 18, but and council officers have recommended that the funding should be approved.

The new pavilion will form the centrepiece of a wider scheme to enhance Bawtry Memorial Sports Ground, which has been the only sports ground in the historic market town for more than 100 years.

It will also replace an ageing and out of date facility.

Mayor Ros Jones said “I am keen to support local community groups and residents who want to improve their area, so I’m looking forward to considering funding towards this valuable new community facility in Bawtry. Too often areas like Bawtry can miss out on funding opportunities and as Mayor, I am determined that every community in Doncaster should be supported.”

“There has been a real partnership effort to get this far and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their passion and commitment, particularly the Bawtry Action for Recreation and Sports Group for all their hard work.”

It is proposed that Doncaster Council ring-fences almost £70,000 of Section 106 development funding for the scheme, which will be topped up with a £30,000 grant from the Mayor’s Voluntary and Community Sector Grant Scheme should cabinet approve the decision.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said: “This pavilion will be an excellent facility for the residents of Bawtry. Sport brings communities together, keeps people healthy and encourages children and young people to keep active, when there are so many things competing for their attention. The BARS initiative has my full support. I can’t wait!”

In total the project is expected to cost approximately £400,000, with other contributions from funders including Sport England, the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, Bawtry Town Council and WREN.

Bawtry ward councillor Rachael Blake said, “I am delighted that after many years of hard work by the volunteers of BARS, construction will start on a new community sports pavilion.

“ It will be a fantastic resource for the many sports clubs in Bawtry as well as a wonderful facility for all residents of all ages.

“This is something that has been much needed in the town for a long time. As a Bawtry resident I look forward to using the pavilion.”

The latest round of the Inspired Facilities is now open. Community and voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of £5 million to help upgrade facilities and to convert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.

To find out more, or to make a bid for funding, visit Sport England