New £75k home for town's football club and community sports
A NEW home for a town's football club and new community sports facilities have been revealed for the first time.
The Education Advancement Recreation for Lincolnshire Youngsters (EARLY) is a new community-interest group which is presenting plans for a new home for Louth Town Football Club on land next to Louth Indoor Tennis Centre on the industrial estate.
Not only will there be a new football pitch and clubhouse, but the plans also include squash courts, a BMX cycle track and a 10-pin bowling centre.
The project has been made possible after Louth businessman Simon Grantham from GMB Demolition has underwritten the £75,000 cost to buy the land from East Lindsey District Council.
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Talks started on providing a new facility after the lease for LTFC's Park Avenue base owned by Mr Grantham was due to expire.
Since then, a board of trustees of EARLY was formed to spearhead plans for new sporting facilities to benefit young people.
The board is made up of Ian Blakey chairman of the KC Stadium in Hull who is involved in a number of charities, Mark Roberts vice principal at Cordeaux Academy and physical education teacher for over 30 years, Lee Freeman, assistant chief constable of Lincolnshire Police and vice-chairman of Louth Town Football Club and Dudley Ramsden, chairman of the Ramsden group of businesses and co-founder of NISA shops.
Mr Blakey said funding for the ambitious plans had only been made possible because of the opportunity offered by East Lindsey District Council.
He said: "The council has been absolutely essential in bringing us here to this point in offering this community-based facility.
"Now we need the community to get behind it and we will be exploring every funding opportunity for recreational facilities.
He thanked Mr Grantham for underwriting the cost of the land which has been essential for the project.
Lee Freeman, vice-chairman of Louth Town Football Club said: "Louth Town is the only exit route for young players playing football in the town as well as those in Mablethorpe and Alford.
"This will be a community facility offering a variety of recreational and sporting education needs."
Mark Roberts added: "This is going to be a fantastic facility which will compliment what we already have got and provided for us in Louth.
"We are hoping to achieve something very special."
The aspirations of EARLY are not just focussed on Louth.
If this initial project is successful, they hope to offer more recreational projects to children across the whole of Lincolnshire.
Councillor Doreen Stephenson, leader of East Lindsey District Council said: "I wish this every success and I look forward to hearing more at the various stages as it progresses."
A planning application for the scheme is expected to be submitted in October.