Pavilion plans get £50,000 kickstart

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A new sports pavilion for a Doncaster town has moved a step closer with the handover of a £50,000 grant.

Plans have been drawn up to create a new community building at the Memorial Sports Ground in Bawtry, and the boost from community grants organisation Wren is a ‘massive step’ for officials behind the scheme.

The award – together with cash committed by Bawtry Town Council and Doncaster Council – brings the cash pot to £150,000 towards the total cost of £450,000.

The project is being led by Bawtry Action For Recreation and Sport.

Chairman Matthew Brearley said: “We are very grateful to Wren for their support for this project.

“BARS has made applications to a number of funders, including Sport England, to raise the £450,000 required to build the pavilion and, if they also support the project, work could start on the building as early as next March.

“This is a project which will benefit not only the sports clubs of Bawtry but will be available for the whole community to enjoy. BARS will also contribute cash to the cost of this project and we are grateful for the support Bawtry residents and businesses have given to BARS which will allow us to do so.”

BARS was set up to provide recreational and sporting facilities for the residents of Bawtry and has already provided children’s play equipment, a teen shelter and a hard surface multi-use games area at Bawtry’s Wharf Street Recreation Ground.

The new pavilion, with four changing rooms, a multi-purpose room seating 80, and a kitchen, will replace the present building and provide state-of-the-art facilities for all the sports clubs at the Memorial Sports Club as well as a social facility.

Peter Cox, managing director of Wren, said: “Wren makes a difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK. We’re delighted to support BARS and their valuable work.”

Mike Snell of FCC Environment, the landfill operator which donates a percentage of its taxes to Wren to help fund projects, said: “The funding for the Bawtry Memorial Sports Ground Community Pavilion awarded by Wren will create a real hub for the local community to come together. FCC Environment is all about helping people to improve their communities in a sustainable way and this project is a great example.”