Read how a sports pavilion in Holsworthy is generating excitement around their community.
Through funding from the Football Foundation, English Cricket Board, Sport England, Holsworthy Town Council and the residents of Holsworthy through their Crowdfunder project the very old pavilion in Stanhope Park is undergoing a transformation.
The refurbished facility, which will use the original Victorian stone building as its centrepiece, will include:
• A community hall
• Kitchen facilities
• Public toilets, including men’s, ladies, disabled and baby changing
• Two 20m2 sports changing rooms with showers
• Player’s toilets
• 2 official's changing rooms with contained shower and toilet facilities
• Plant room
• Large equipment store for goals, balls, stumps, bats, racquets, training aids and other fun stuff!
The brand new building, which has been funded a variety of different individuals, businesses and foundations, will be the new home for Holsworthy Youth Football Club and Cricket Club. Within the park both the football club and cricket club play their respective sports and the new facility will provide both clubs with a new home for all their players and spectators.
This project has been the vision of a community looking to improve the facilities for a more active and healthy lifestyle for youngsters to adults.
As much as it’s integral for Holsworthy Football Club to have such improved and greater facilities, it’s also seen to provide for a social meeting place for all ages and genders, from girls and women’s sports teams, to the elderly and those recovering from illness.
One person who has played their part in this project is Adam Chidley, Chairman of Holsworthy Youth Football Club, he had this to say about the brilliant things happening in Holsworthy; “The vision to renovate the existing sports pavilion had been championed for many years by the project architect, Mr Lyndon Piper. My first involvement was on becoming Chairman of Holsworthy Youth Football Club and wanting to help give something back to a club I enjoyed playing for as a youngster.
“Ever since the initial Crowdfunder project we have received outstanding local support for this vital community facility, and the new building will give the club the opportunity to expand further, offering football opportunities to more children than ever before.
“The joint tenancy of the facility with Holsworthy Cricket Club will hopefully see local youngsters participating in sport all year round in the beautiful surroundings of Stanhope Park.”
Chris French, Devon FA County Development Manager said, “This project has united the community of Holsworthy to provide a sporting hub that can be used by everyone in Holsworthy.
Our Devon Football Crowdfunder Campaign aimed to provide football clubs a platform to make a dream a reality and this project shows how this can happen when a community comes together.”