Lincolnshire football club to get £400k new pavilion
A football club's dream of a £400,000 new clubhouse and changing rooms will become reality next year.
Hard-working volunteers at Horncastle Town FC are celebrating after it was announced that its new facilities will be available on The Wong in the town -in time for the start of the 2014/15 season.
The club has achieved success in its bid to secure funding for a brand new pavilion, with support from East Lindsey District Council.
And the authority, which owns the land and existing changing rooms, will be responsible for leading the project and acting as the lead applicant for external funding bids.
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The old pavilion has been leased to the football club since 1994.
And in April this year the council extended the lease to 30 years.
This allowed the club to develop a project for the replacement of the outdated pavilion on the town's recreation field.
East Lindsey's portfolio holder with responsibility for sports development is Councillor Adam Grist.
He said: "It is important that facilities like this are developed and refurbished for the use of the local community.
"The council will support the football club in its aim to secure funding for this project which will allow more youngsters and local people to have access to sport - allowing the 2012 Olympic legacy to live on."
Hoprncastle Town FC chairman Colin Low said: "I still can't quite believe that we have been successful.
"There have been so many hurdles to jump and setbacks along the way. At times I found it hard to see a successful outcome.
"However, the club and our consultants kept battling and finding solutions and this determination has paid off - thanks also to the support of the district council."
The £400,000 project will be externally funded predominantly through the Football Foundation, in partnership with WREN, Sport England, Horncastle Town Football Club and other sources.
Horncastle's district councillors Fiona Martin, Sandra Campbell-Wardman and Steve Newton also collectively gave £1,500 from their councillor grants to support the scheme.
Rob King of the Lincolnshire Football Association said: "Lincolnshire FA and the Football Association have fully supported the project to re-develop the facility.
"The two organisations have prioritised the football club's application to the Football Foundation, via the Lincolnshire FA Facilities and Investment Group."