A SPORTS Association has been set up in Skegness to run the Wainfleet Road Pavilion and Playing Field and it is led by local people.
The Pavilion, which opened in 2010, was funded by East Lindsey District Council, Football Foundation, Rugby Football Union and Sport England at a cost of £1.3million and included £180,000 for improved drainage on the Playing Field.
Boasting a function room, meeting room, bar, kitchen and 10 changing rooms, the Pavilion and Playing Field, will now be overseen by a Board of Trustees, including representatives from East Lindsey District Council, Skegness Rugby Club and the Lincolnshire Football Association.
The District Council will initially provide the Association with a grant of £20,000 per year, which includes a continued commitment to maintain the Playing Field.
Looking to the future, Skegness Sports Association will be working closely with the Lincolnshire Football Association to further develop football for both men and women at Wainfleet Road.
The Association will also work with Skegness Rugby Club to promote Junior Rugby. It is also hoped that the Pavilion can become well used as a social venue for the local community, as well as hosting functions.
Chairman of the newly formed Association, District and Town Councillor Steve O’Dare, said: “I am very pleased that the Skegness Sports Association is now up and running. The facility has an excellent Board of committed Trustees, who supported by the District Council, wish to see the Association become a real success story.
“Skegness has excellent facilities at Wainfleet Road and we are very keen to see the use of both the football and rugby pitches and the Pavilion itself maximised. The recently installed floodlights, facilitated by Skegness Rugby Club, have enhanced the facility and expanded the offer.
“Plans are already being investigated with partner organisations to see female football being played there and also a return of men’s Sunday League football.
“We are also looking at the possibility of bringing football for people with disabilities to the venue.
“We would encourage any local clubs or organisations already involved in Wainfleet Road, or who may wish to get involved to get in contact with us.
“This is not just about football and rugby though. We are keen to hear from any sports or leisure club/organisation that may wish to work with us.
“With hard work and community involvement we can see Skegness Sports Association become the success it deserves to be.”
Skegness Sports Association has taken on the operation of the Pavilion and Playing Fields and bookings and enquiries can be made by telephone on 01754 768422.