Work has begun on an £80,000 project to upgrade and extend an ageing sports pavilion at Wymeswold.
The improvements to the building, on the village playing field, should take eight weeks,
Wymeswold Cricket Club will continue to use the pavilion but it will also be available as a community venue for non-sporting activities.
A £20,000 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund which helps communities, added to the £50,000 already awarded by Sport England to the partnership project between the parish council and the cricket club.
Cricket club chairman Nick Shaw said: “We are delighted that Biffa Award has supported our project and provided the funding so we can finally commence the building work as it’s taken us three years to get to this point.
“The completed facility will not only provide a safe, welfare-compliant hub for a variety of different sports, but it will also provide a focus for a wide range of non-sporting community uses too.
“Charnwood Borough Council has already committed to use the facility for its children’s holiday activities programme, and the East Midlands Stargazers will be using it as a base for their night-time observations and meetings.”
Gillian French, programme manager for Biffa Award, said: “We are delighted to support this project in Wymeswold, which will bring more flexibility in the way that the pavilion can be used.
“Everyone who plays sport or who attends meetings and other activities there will benefit.”