Melton sports pavilion lands £48k makeover

Melton Mowbray Town Estate senior townwarden John Southerington (left) with Melton Cricket Club chairman Jamie Culy EMN-171025-103947002
Melton Mowbray Town Estate senior townwarden John Southerington (left) with Melton Cricket Club chairman Jamie Culy EMN-171025-103947002
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Work has begun on the £48,000 upgrade of a Melton sports facility thanks to a Biffa Award grant.

The pavilion at the All England Sports Ground, off Saxby Road, is undergoing a refurbishment thanks to the multi-million pound pot which helps community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.

The pavilion, built 68 years ago, is owned by Melton Mowbray Town Estate which was established in 1549 and runs several sport sites in and around the town including Egerton Park and Asfordby Acres.

The All England Sports Ground is primarily used by Melton Mowbray Cricket Club, as well as several football clubs and a darts team, and is also open daily as a community social club.

Work will include replacing the asbestos-tiled roof, insulating the building, upgrading the toilets and changing facilities, and replacing the windows.

Town Estate Senior Townwarden, John Southerington, said: “Enhancing the facilities will encourage more people to become involved in sport, in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

“The Biffa Award grant will help provide the best facilities possible for the local sports clubs using the site and to meet their growing requirements to make sure as many children and adults can participate in sport for their health, development, fitness and growth.”

Melton Mowbray Cricket Club chairman Jamie Culy added: “We have seen a massive expansion in the sporting provision required at this club and these upgrades to the pavilion are an important step in providing adults and children with high-quality facilities to enjoy sport.”