Todwick: Council will use £50k grant to transform worn out sports pavilion

Members of the Parish Council and some young footballers outside the sports pavilion
Members of the Parish Council and some young footballers outside the sports pavilion

A transformation is on the cards for Todwick recreational ground after the Parish Council were awarded £50,000 in National Lottery funding.

The grant, from Sports England, will be used to extend and completely refurbish the ground’s sports pavilion, which has been in a state of disrepair for some years and is used by local football and cricket teams.

Updates to the sports pavilion will include improved heating, showers and a new community room which the council hope could eventually house a youth club.

David Gregory, vice chairman of the Parish Council, said: “There has always been a strong sporting tradition in Todwick, and the refurbishment will not only create better facilities for existing sports clubs, but will provide the addition of a community room which will allow other sports to develop too.”

“We have been saving for a number of years towards this project and the news will now enable us to make a start.”

“The refurbishment will make everyone’s visit to the Pavilion a much more enjoyable experience and allow the active development of future sports participation in our area,” he added.

The council are also aiming to install improved lighting and a CCTV system on the recreational ground after the sports pavilion was broken into by vandals in June 2013.

Sir Kevin Baron, MP for Rother Valley, said: “I am delighted about this. It is great news for local sports clubs who will benefit from the Parish Council’s excellent project.”

“The improved facilities at the recreational ground will be a real boost for the village and the surrounding area.”

The upgrade will mark another phase of the council’s ongoing plan to enhance the village- the latest improvement being the installation of a new village war memorial.

The black marble obelisk, which was erected thanks to support from construction company Eurovia, was unveiled to hundreds outside the village hall on Saturday 29th March.