Mid Sussex community groups secure £96,000

PR2028/EC/MF - 08/02/2016

Mid Sussex District Council has awarded over £96,000 to help local sports clubs and community organisations improve their facilities and services.

The Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Grants Panel met on 12 January 2016 to discuss the final grant funding allocations for the year and the award of £96,825 to the successful applicants was confirmed on 27 January 2016.

Local sports clubs were the major beneficiaries, collectively receiving funding in excess of £79,000 to help them improve sporting facilities for the local community.

Hurstpierpoint Bowls Club has been granted £61,716 towards the extension of their pavilion building. The planned improvements, which are still subject to planning approval, will provide better changing facilities, create a new bar area and enlarge the social space so it can be used for short mat indoor bowls and other social activities. 

Warden Park Academy's aim to provide a joint 3G artificial grass pitch for community sport took a major step forward by securing a £10,000 grant from MSDC for the project.

Headteacher, Jonathan Morris said, “We have a very strong sporting reputation as an Academy and welcome this new development. We look forward to the benefits it will bring, not only to our students but to our neighbours and friends in the vicinity.”

Burgess Hill Rugby Football Club has been awarded £2,700 towards safety improvements at their Southway Recreation Ground on Povey’s Close. The club is proposing to install a perimeter fence around the pitch to protect both spectators and players from accidents. They will also be adding permeable plastic matting to create a safe, non-slip surface for spectators to stand on.

Scaynes Hill Cricket Club was awarded £12,600 towards new cricket nets for adult and junior players to use during training sessions. The club provides a friendly and relaxed environment where local people can learn, play and enjoy cricket and take part in social events.

The new training nets feature an InterPad resin to protect the surface and reduce the need for routine maintenance. The nets will provide players of all ages and abilities a chance to develop their skills and learn from the skilled coaches at the club.

“We are lucky to have a thriving sporting community in Mid Sussex and we’re keen to do our part to support local clubs,” said Councillor Pru Moore, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Sustainability. “Local sports and community organisations provide lots of people with a great deal of enjoyment and do so much good work but they are reliant on donations and the dedication of volunteers in order to survive. Our grants programme gives them the opportunity to secure funding for their community projects and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help so many different groups this year.”

For more information contact the Mid Sussex District Council Community Services Team on 01444 477275 or email Elaine.Clarke@midsussex.gov.uk.