A brand new purpose built sports pavilion at Stanhope Park in Holsworthy was officially opened on Sunday 15th April. The pavilion is the culmination of much hard work and fundraising by many local people, the Town Council and contributions from many bodies including £35K from Torridge Councils Community Grant fund.
The site in Stanhope Park is unique in being the only public space in Holsworthy and the surrounding area. It has been used for a variety of activities over the years including several youth football teams, a cricket team, cycle peloton, walk and talk groups and sports day activities for local primary schools. The building replaces the old and fondly remembered Cricket Pavilion which sadly at over 100 years old was no longer in a good state of repair and limited in the facilities it had to offer. A clever design by local architects, Piper Architecture, has managed to incorporate parts of the old building so that the facade remains largely unchanged with the new build extending around it – the best of both old and new.
The total cost of the build was £423K and made possible by a £99K grant from the Premier League & The FA, £75K from Sport England, £40 from English Cricket, £35K from Torridge Council which was added to £118K from the Town Council as well as donations from many local people, businesses and other organisations.
The Sports Pavilion will remain in the ownership of the Town Council but a 25 years lease has been granted to a management group which includes representatives from the Football and Cricket Clubs. Their ambitious plans will take the provision of sport in the area to the next level and the hope is for continued growth in sports participation across all age groups and activities.
Councillor Jane Whittaker – Leader of Torridge District Council said:
“I feel really privileged to have been part of the formal opening of the new pavilion which is the culmination of so much hard work by so many people and organisations – a real team effort! I would also like to acknowledge Councillor Carroll’s contribution in sponsoring the grant application to Torridge which resulted in our own contribution of £35K towards the build. I hope it continues to be a focal point for sport in the area for many years to come”
The Mayor of Holsworthy Councillor, Jon Hutchings is delighted that the new Sports Pavilion in Stanhope Park is now completed and ready for use: “This much-needed facility for Holsworthy replaces the old Pavilion that was over 100 years old and was no longer fit for purpose. The new Pavilion will be the home for Holsworthy Youth Football and Holsworthy Cricket Clubs who both currently play their respective sports within the park without adequate facilities. It will enable them to carry out their objectives to increase the number of young people playing football and cricket as well as providing facilities to form new girls and women football teams, and providing excellent changing and meeting facilities for other users of the Park.”
Adam Chidley, Holsworthy Youth FC Chairman, is happy to know their club has a home for many years: “For almost 30 years, Stanhope Park in Holsworthy has hosted grassroots football without any meaningful facilities. Thanks to Torridge District Council and many other funders we will now be able to offer match day facilities for all our players, coaches and officials and guests from opposition clubs, host community football events to help increase participation and help other local sporting organisations utilising Stanhope Park by giving them the opportunity to use the new building.”