Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council has set up a new fund to support sports clubs and groups.
The fund was announced at Full Council on 25 September and comes in response to a series of grant applications to improve sporting facilities. Council agreed to reallocate budgets to invest in grass roots sport in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games.
Having established the new fund Councillors agreed to grant:
- £20,000 to Boldmere St Michael’s Football Club to replace the current pitch floodlighting system, to improve lighting on the pitch and cut down the light to the surrounding properties.
- £10,000 to the Deanery CofE School to create an all-weather multi-purpose outdoor pitch with an artificial grass surface that can be used by school children and local community groups.
- £10,000 to Sutton Coldfield Town Juniors Football Club to support their plan to build a new clubhouse, storage, refreshment area and changing rooms on the fields of Bishop Walsh School. The club currently have very limited access to toilets and changing facilities for the hundreds of young people who use the club.
Alan Parsons is the Secretary for Boldmere St Michael’s Football Club. He said: “We are absolutely over the moon with this grant. We work with almost 40 teams of all ages, from 6 up and it is important that we have the right facilities to do this.
“Not only will this investment in the lighting improve the playing facilities for the first team it will also benefit everyone who uses the ground during the dark evenings. It will also cut down on the light pollution currently pervading some of the properties adjacent to the ground, a further sign that the club are looking to work with the neighbouring community. It will be the first significant upgrade to the floodlighting since the original installation around 1990 and I would like to thank the Town Council for this support.”
Cllr Louise Passey is Vice Chair of the Amenities, Leisure and Community Services Committee. She commented: “The Mayor is leading the way in supporting sports participation in schools with his Challenge this year, and I am very pleased we have earmarked a new fund to help improve sports facilities. Sutton Coldfield has a great reputation for excellent sporting provision, and we are delighted to support this.
“We are also keen to hear from clubs and groups who are looking for smaller amounts, for example for new sporting equipment or items for a clubhouse. Sports clubs should apply through the Community Grant process.”
The deadline for the next round of Community Grant applications is 31 October. Full details can be found at www.suttoncoldfieldtowncouncil.gov.uk/apply-for-a-grant/community-grant-scheme/