Commuted Sums make a huge difference to three sports clubs in Pocklington

Thu, 31 Mar 2022

Three clubs in Pocklington have completed their projects using funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums from local housing developments.

Pocklington Rugby Union Football Club received £120,088.43 from Commuted Sums and raised £13,354.36 of their own funds towards the £133,542.79 project for Phase 2 of the changing rooms and floodlights works at their Kilnwick Park Ground site.

Stewart Bowling Club received £20,000 from Commuted Sums and raised £3,417.99 of their own funds towards their kitchen refurbishment and new bowling green machinery. The total project cost was £23,417.99.

Pocklington Sports & AFC, which includes Pocklington Sports and Social Club and Pocklington Town AFC, received £131,151 from Commuted Sums for phase One of their club improvements project. In addition to this, they also received £132,400.00 from the Football Foundation towards the £258,400.00 works.

Pocklington RUFC completed the first phase of works to their second site, Kilnwick Park Ground, in 2020. The initial works had seen a pavilion built on the site, which included changing rooms, a first aid room, showers, a kitchen, and a social space. The pavilion was also supplied with water and electricity. At this time, the final two of the four changing rooms in the pavilion couldn't be completed and the additional funding has seen the pavilion now become fully operational. As well as this, the club required floodlights to be installed so that the new site could be used all year round, and having secured planning permission, LED floodlights were installed as part of the second phase of the works.

Chris French, Resources Manager at Pocklington RUFC, said: "Pocklington RUFC have completed the project at Kilnwick Park to provide a facility for use by the community. The facilities include a pavilion with changing rooms, first aid room, referees' room and a kitchen and social area, together with state-of-the-art LED floodlights on the main pitch and a large car park.

"The facilities will enable training and games to take place all year round. The project would not have been possible without the support of East Riding of Yorkshire County Council to provide superb facilities, not only for the Rugby Club, but the whole community. We are thrilled at the level of support we have received and extremely appreciative."

Stewart Bowling Club needed to refurbish the kitchen in their clubhouse, as it was 40 years old and was no longer functional for what the popular bowling club required. The kitchen was completely refurbished and included a slight layout redesign to make it more practical for users. The club also purchased a new bowling green maintenance machine, which will make it easier for the club to maintain the green and allow the volunteer members to look after the green themselves without having to bring in contractors. The new machine will be able to carry out many different types of green work, including mowing, brushing, scarifying, rolling and verti-cutting. The club will also be able to use the new machine to complete winter works.

Sue Douthwaite, Honorary Secretary at Stewart Bowling Club, said: "We received funding towards a machine for our bowling green. This is one machine that does cutting, scarifying, verti-cutting, rolling and brushing using different cassette attachments. It has been invaluable for ease of use for our volunteers and cost saving for the future in servicing, etc.

"Our new kitchen with a slightly different layout is more efficient and user friendly. The various local groups who hire the clubhouse, as well as using it for refreshments after our bowls matches, find it more practical and a safer environment.

"As we own the property ourselves and have mainly older members, it would have been impossible to update these two projects without the help of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Commuted Sums."

Pocklington Sports & AFC have undertaken major improvement works to their site at The Henry Thirst Amenity Centre, The Balk, Pocklington. The football club has four senior men's teams, a ladies' team, a veterans' team and a large junior setup, and the social club venue also caters to a diverse range of users. Works have included upgrading two changing rooms, including redesigning the layout to allow for a larger shower area and a toilet, upgrading the electricity supply and installing an electric car charging point, car park improvements, purchasing new storage containers and works, compound fencing and ground maintenance works

Richard Bower, Secretary at Pocklington Town AFC, said: "After several years in the planning stage and then most of 2021 spent putting these into action, people living in and around the Pocklington area are now able to benefit from improved local recreational facilities, thanks to grant money awarded by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Commuted Sums and the Football Foundation.

"Having been on their current site since 1997, Pocklington Sports & AFC, including Pocklington Sports & Social Club and Pocklington Town FC, have recently completed phase One of a much-needed upgrade and refurbishment of the Henry Thirsk Amenity centre. This would not have been possible without the support and assistance of too many people to mention here but as with anything of this nature, funding is crucial to make progress and along with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the UK's largest sports charity, the Football Foundation, the club have been able to improve the day to day experience of the facility for all of its varied users and can now provide improved, quality facilities for a range of events."

Chairman Ian Daniells commented : "Without the fantastic funding support from the Council and Football Foundation, along with the help and assistance provide by all involved, Pocklington Sports & PFA would have been unable to improve and renew many of its facilities. The Association would like to thank the Commuted Sums team and the East Riding County FA for for their advice and support; Brenda, Steve and Jon at Steve Wells Associates for their project management; and all of the many local companies who successfully won contracts to deliver these upgrades.

"We look forward to finishing off this excellent work by working on securing additional funding to ensure that we can reduce our existing running costs, make the site more efficient with less of a carbon footprint and work to future proof it for the next generation of users".

Councillor Claire Holmes, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure, and housing, said : "The fact that Commuted Sums provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval have gone to three popular sports clubs in Pocklington is great news for the town, and will help the clubs and the community to flourish in the future."


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