Locals celebrate opening of new sports and leisure facilities

Members of the local community have celebrated the official opening of a £450,000 sports and leisure facility in Crowle.

Volunteers who worked on the project and representatives from local organisations gathered together on Sunday (10 July) to mark the significant achievement, which will enhance the village's existing sports and leisure provision created two decades ago.

The new facilities include the Platinum Hall, a community building which will provide much-needed additional space for many new activities. A new outdoor exercise track, multi-use games area, outdoor covered arena, outdoor table tennis and picnic tables have also formed part of the project.

A large part of the funding for the project came from a £200,000 award from Wychavon District Council's Community Legacy Grant scheme. The rest was funded by Crowle Parish Council, Crowle Parish Hall Trust and a grant from the local Worcestershire County Councillor's discretionary fund, as well as generous contributions from individuals and groups in the local community.

Ruth Dawson-Jones, Chair of Crowle Parish Council, said the new facilities will bring many benefits for local residents: "We consulted local residents during lockdown, and they told us that they wanted more leisure and recreation facilities to 'connect the community' by creating more ways for people to meet and have social contact. They saw this as important in improving both physical and psychological health and wellbeing."

Activities in the new Platinum Hall, which will be run by Crowle Parish Hall Trust, start this week.

Robert Moore, Chair of the Trust, said: "Our existing parish hall is often over-subscribed and the new Platinum Hall will address this by providing valuable extra space. There has been strong interest in bookings for the new Hall, especially for organised exercise classes for all ages including pilates, yoga and dance. A new table tennis group will also be starting."

Alex Sinton, Chair of Wychavon District Council, who officially opened the new facilities, said: "This project is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by a determined local community. I was especially impressed by the level of volunteer involvement and the speed with which the project has been completed. It certainly ticks all the boxes for Wychavon's Community Legacy Grant programme, which supports innovative, ambitious capital projects that meet local needs and will create a significant community legacy."

For further information about booking the modern, fully-equipped Platinum Hall, contact the Hall Manager via the Hall's website at https://www.crowleparishhall.org/bookings.

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