THE JUBILEE Playing Field in Cam is set to undergo a complete makeover after the parish council was awarded £50,000 of national Lottery funding.
The funds from Sport England will go towards the cost of replacing the ageing changing room units at the field with a new up-to-date facility.
This will improve the playing experience for Cam Everside Youth Football Club, which is currently the main user of the facilities, and enable the club to grow and develop.
It will also mean the council can look at increasing and improving the range of sporting and recreational opportunities at the field.
The new building will have changing rooms for two teams plus a small kitchen and social area and accessible toilet.
Cam Everside Youth Football Club chairman Andy Colliver said: “The support given by Sport England and Cam Parish Council will provide facilities that before we could only dream of.
“Cam Everside YFC will now be able to offer a much better footballing experience to the children and parents that use Jubilee Playing Fields which will hopefully encourage more people to get involved.
“Thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen.”
Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said the Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country.
“Since 2011, we’ve invested £88 million into more than 1,600 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs,” he said.
“It’s great to see Cam Parish Council join the long list of successful organisations to benefit from this fund.”
Cam Parish Council is among 324 local sports projects to secure a share of £17 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.
Sport England focuses on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life.
Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.
To find out more and to bid for funding, visit: www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities
At least 70 per cent of the funding will go to community and voluntary organisations, through grants of between £20,000 and £75,000.
The remaining funding will be open to a wider group of organisations, including councils and schools, with grants of up to £150,000 available.