Rackheath Parish Council has been
awarded substantial grants to improve the existing Sports Pavilion.
The building work starting on
Monday 26th November, will see the Pavillion extended and
refurbished to establish a sustainable community facility which will become a
focal point for sporting and recreational activities in Rackheath.
The project is set to cost £463,886
and through working with Norfolk FA and the Football Foundation £98,906 has
been secured thanks to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. Sport
England has also contributed £50,000 and Broadland District Council £5000,
The remaining cost will be met by the
Parish Council and Broadland District Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund –
a scheme which allows Town and Parish Councils to bid for a loan at a minimal
rate of interest for infrastructure projects.
With Rackheath’s population rapidly
increasing due to its ongoing residential developments, there has been a desperate
need for better facilities and the proposed changes to the Pavillion will help
to provide that for sporting purposes.
Planned changes to the building
include new changing rooms and shower facilities, a community office and
function room as well as a bag room and lockers.
Broadland District Council
says: “It is a priority for the Council that we support and enable stronger and
more independent communities, and we are delighted to support this ambitious
project. In a growing village such as Rackheath, the Sports Pavillion plays a
vital role in bringing the community together.”
Paula Lowe, Chair at Rackheath Parish Council, added: “Rackheath Parish Council consulted
with the football teams, residents and others who currently use the facility
and it was clear from the feedback that the condition of the facilities was a
major concern, so I am delighted that we have been able to secure funding and
start work on these improvements.
“Rackheath has a growing and vibrant
community and I know that this facility will be well used and will be of real
benefit to residents.”
Michael Banham, Chairman of Norfolk County Football Association, added: “It’s always brilliant to
see the improvement and development of sport facilities in the County and I’m
sure Rackheath’s residents and sporting groups will benefit enormously from
"Supporting communities in gaining funding for projects like
this is a key element of our new strategy and we aspire to continue to work
hard in this area in order to ensure football provision can take place in areas
that are suitable and safe.”
The project is estimated to be
completed in May 2019.
For more information on the project
or to learn more about Broadland District Council’s Community Fund
Infrastructure loans, please contact Sally Hoare, Community Infrastructure
Co-ordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org.