Council award £20,000 grant awarded to Northamptonshire sports club to improve its clubhouse

Towcestrians' Chairman Mark Austin outside the Members' Lounge
Towcestrians' Chairman Mark Austin outside the Members' Lounge

A sports community hub in Northamptonshire has been awarded a council grant of almost £20,000 to extend its clubhouse.

The Towcestrians site, in Greens Norton Road, is home to four sports clubs: rugby, cricket, hockey and tennis, all with their associated youth teams.

Increasingly the clubhouse is being used for parties and weddings and the club now wants to expand the members’ lounge to give them a place to relax while separate functions continue.

During South Northamptonshire Council’s July Grants Panels, the club was awarded £19,980 to expand the Members’ Lounge and improve the clubhouse entrance.

After previous extensions supported by SNC, Towcestrians’ Chairman Mark Austin said it will be the final part of the old clubhouse to be improved.

He said: “If it hadn’t been for the support from SNC we would not have been able contemplate moving forward with this project and we are delighted to be able to improve our facilities.”

Councillor Peter Rawlinson, SNC’s portfolio holder for finance and procurement said: “Towcestrians have made an impact on the regional, national and international stage, so their sporting credentials need no introduction.

“But one of the things we all benefit from is the sporting ethos that the club teaches our young people and the implications that has for their future health and the knock-on effect that has on our services.

“But most of all there are the benefits that a vibrant sporting club can bring to our sense of community.”

As well as sports clubs, the Towcestrians clubhouse is home to the Towcester Young Farmers, local pigeon fanciers, the U3A and the HOGS motorcycling club.

It is also the host to a town beer festival, sausage and cider festival, and other social events throughout the year, all of which are used as opportunities to raise money for charity.

Including support to improve the clubhouse, since 2005 SNC has awarded the Towcestrians grants totalling £181,132 for a variety of projects including; the refurbishment of the tennis courts, new cricket nets, new showers, and a replacement mower.

Community Grants allocated by SNC are funded via Council Tax and the New Homes Bonus paid by developers to central government to mitigate the impact of new homes.

For more information on what type of grants are available from SNC and how to apply for them visit the SNC Community Grants page website (www.southnorthants.gov.uk) or contact the SNC Grants Officer Katie Arnold on 01327 322216 or via grants@southnorthants.gov.uk.