Scatcherd Park Bowling Club awarded £47,071 of funding

Scatcherd Park Bowling Club is among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of £10 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund. Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport. With total cost of £47,071 the £10,000 shortfall has generously been made available by Leeds City Council.

For a number of years due to the lack of funding opportunities the building has not received general maintenance which has led to major building work required. The club was formed in 1912 and is part of a truly community park in Morley which also includes a number of new builds including a skate park, children’s playground and the Morley Leisure Centre.

The green is renowned for its quality and apart from the club’s league matches the local community are encouraged to use the facility which is often visited by schools and adult services. Recognition and thanks must go to all the key partners who assisted with the
application including, ward members, Leeds City Council and of cause the club’s members.

The building project is due for completion by the 31st March 2015 and once final tenders are received and agreed the actual work on site is expected to be no longer than 5 weeks. With the upgrading of the club house the members of Scatcherd Park Bowling Club are confident the game of bowls will continue and attract new members, young and old.

To celebrate the building improvements the club will be holding an official festival open day which may include free coaching sessions.Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £94 million into more than 1,800 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.“It’s great to see Scatchered Park Bowling Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”

Club Secretary, Peter Wainman, said: “We are delighted to have secured this
investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises and allow the
opportunity to engage the local Morley community.Morley & Outwood MP, Ed Balls said, “Sport England money is used on projects across the country from facilities for Olympic athletes to football stadiums so it’s great to see their money being used on smaller projects closer to home too. I’m looking forward to seeing for myself how the money will improve facilities at the Bowls Club in Scatcherd Park very soon.”

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner safer
and stronger communities, said: “It’s great that such a much-loved and popular asset
to the local community will be getting a much-needed facelift.“Scatcherd Park Bowling Club is an integral and historic part of what is a real hub for the local area and I’m delighted that this money will go towards making sure the club and the sport can be enjoyed both now and in the future.

Sport England, 1st Floor, 21 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3HF
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For more details about the project, please contact Peter Wainman on
p.wainman@sky.com

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