HIghtown Club 50k Award
NEW BEGINNING FOR HIGHTOWN CLUB AFTER £50K AWARD
A local sports club, whose pavilion was destroyed by fire, is celebrating this week after a £50,000 grant application was approved by Sport England. Last year, members of the Hightown Club were left devastated when fire swept through their historic clubhouse. But now, with funding in place and planning permission approved back in May, they can look forward to brand new facilities. The club, which features cricket, tennis, squash and bowls, has had to make do with temporary accommodation since the fire, although it is hoped that building will begin in September this year, with the new premises completed by spring 2013.
The news has been welcomed by Sefton Central MP, Bill Esterson, who said: "This is great news for the Hightown Club. The club has been through a lot, but hopefully this grant should see them benefit from brand new facilities so they can continue their long history within this community.
"I know only too well the important work the club does in Hightown and Sefton as a whole in getting people involved in sport."I congratulate every single one of them in securing this funding and I look forward to coming along to watch some matches and perhaps even taking part once my leg is healed."
Chris Scrine, president of the Hightown Club, said: "Our very special club has probably been through more in the last 18 months than it has in its 105 year history! This award is the culmination of many hours of hard work, particularly from our rebuild committee led by Alan Verinder and Roger Matthews, as well as the support from Sefton Council's Simon Burnett, Tina Pillkington and Nicola Hedgecock.
"This is the final piece in the jigsaw and naturally we are all overjoyed with the decision. We are all looking forward to our new facilities, which we envisage will act as a springboard to increase both our membership and wider sports participation in the area," he added.
The funding opportunity came via the Sport England 'Inspired Facilities' scheme, which is part of the £135 million 'Places People Play' legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark – celebrating the link to the Games.