Rockware Glass Sports and Social Club have secured a £60,000 Club Changer grant towards the installation of new changing rooms on their Sandy Lane sports site.
The Grant was awarded after the project met the conditions of having matched funding and approved planning permission in place.
The new facility will provide dressing rooms for home and away teams and match officials and will contain a meeting room and kitchen as well.
The Council created the Club Changer fund to ensure a legacy from the Bassetlaw Games held in 2012 and 2016, and to support the development of local multi sports hubs. The fund provided direct financial support for sports clubs that were looking to develop multi sports hubs with particular concentration on providing facilities for young people, women and girls and people with disabilities.
The scheme supports Bassetlaw sports clubs to retain and grow their membership and focuses on assisting them to deliver medium to large sized capital improvements to facilities, with priority given to new applicants for capital funding.
Councillor Julie Leigh, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said:
“It was really important to the Council that we had a legacy from the Bassetlaw Games, and it’s amazing that seven years on, local sports clubs are still able to benefit. I am delighted that Rockware Glass Sports and Social Club have been successful in securing Club Changer funding from the Council and that planning permission is now in place. These new facilities will enable more people to participate in sports on the site and supports the council’s aim of getting more people, more active, more often.”
“Having this new clubhouse gives the club a future,” said Andrew Wesley, Chairman of Rockware Sports and Social Club. “It’s going to make a major difference to the clubs who use this sports ground and means that Rockware will continue to be a home for community sport for generations to come.
“The project has been going on for around 11 years and there’s been a lot of hard work and dedication put in by members of the club. We’ve overcome some obstacles along the way but it’s been worth it to get where we are now.”
“It always used to be an immaculate sports ground, but the current facilities are getting tired and beyond their usable life. We hope that this is the first step towards bringing the Rockware ground back to its former glory.
“On behalf of all the people who are involved with Rockware Sports and Social Club, we’d like to thank Bassetlaw District Council for this grant, as well as other people who have provided vital funding.”
The Rockware ground is currently home to a cricket club, two men’s football teams, Worksop Town Juniors Teams from Under 7s to Under 16s, three Junior School Football Teams, Cubs and Scouts Teams as well as a weekly Soccer School. Over the last 12 months, the ground has been used by approx. 11,800 people.
Last Updated on Thursday, March 21, 2019