Hyndburn Leisure has been successful in their application to the Community Ownership Fund. The Central Government Fund was set up to help ensure that important parts of the social fabric, including sports clubs, can continue to play a central role in towns and villages across the UK.
Lyndsey Sims CEO Hyndburn Leisure said:
We are really pleased to announce that we have been awarded £185,088 which will be used for capital improvements to Clayton Civic Hall. This new funding will be used alongside a £50k Sport England grant awarded to Clayton Amateur Boxing Club and a £30k grant from Lancashire Environment Fund. So in total over £265k will be invested at Clayton Civic Hall over the next six months.
Hyndburn Leisure has a strong track record of delivering a wide range of community health and wellbeing services. They plan to extend their current programmes at Clayton Civic Hall to engage more local people and groups. They will be working alongside the local community throughout the project, to ensure that programming and redevelopment of the facility meets local demand.
Hyndburn Leisure are working in partnership with Clayton Amateur Boxing club to redevelop the old library space into a state of art training facility for the club. The Club has a long history of serving the community and is well known for providing a safe environment for hundreds of children and young people.
John Brindle, Clayton Amateur Boxing Club said:
Our relocation to Clayton Civic Hall means we can not only help more people; we can also expand what we do including encouraging more females and adults with a disability or additional needs alongside our usual offering. I am really proud to be part of the team who have made this happen. The support from our community is overwhelming.
Cllr Miles Parkinson:
This project will create new spaces and improvements to existing spaces, including a small reception, a library area, a total kitchen refurbishment and converting two storage/changing rooms into multi-use spaces. Redecoration and modernisation of the main hall, entrance area and external space will also help to improve the overall appearance of the facility.
MP Sara Britcliffe:
This is such an exciting project for the residents of Clayton and beyond, it also builds the case of how working together, we can deliver for local communities. I am thrilled that Hyndburn Leisure’s bid to the Government was successful and I am looking forward to seeing the benefits that this will bring.