Commuted Sums Help Deliver Better Sports Facilities for Gilberdyke and District Residents

Tue, 17 Nov 2020

Commuted Sums from local housing developments secured by both Gilberdyke and District Leisure Association (GDLA) and Gilberdyke Phoenix FC from East Riding of Yorkshire Council have helped transform local sports facilities at Ings View Sports Field.

Approximately £80,000 of Commuted Sums enabled the project team to secure further funding from The Premier League and FA Facilities Fund, FCC Communities Foundation, Gilberdyke Parish Council, Bernard Sunley Foundation and Six Penny Wood Wind Farm.

The GDLA Project, costing in excess of £300,000, has allowed the provision of a much improved sports facility. The new Clubhouse consists of two large team players' changing rooms, an officials' changing room all with modern showers, a cleaners' store and plant room. The remodelled existing clubhouse now has modern toilets, a larger fitted kitchen and bigger social space.

Also included in the project was a package of field maintenance equipment funded by Commuted Sums and the football club. With almost eight acres of playing surface to maintain, the equipment has allowed the volunteers to carry out more maintenance procedures than previously. This will see an improvement in pitch quality and provide a better playing experience for all those taking part in sporting activities at the site.

This, together with the bigger social space which has just recently been fitted out, now gives the opportunity to include post-match hospitality.

Tony Clarkson, of Gilberdyke & District Leisure Association, believes the improved facility will make a real difference to the lives of people living in the area: "The GDLA Project has taken almost four years of hard work by the team. The project will provide a real boost to the people of Gilberdyke and surrounding area. It's fantastic that our funding partners have awarded us these monies and we're really looking forward to using these facilities as intended prior to the current pandemic."

Councillor Gary McMaster, portfolio holder for enhancing communities, added: "I am very pleased that we have been able to help fund these transformational improvements through Commuted Sums provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval. This will revolutionise the facilities in Gilberdyke, and I wish them well for the future."


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