Clubs based in Cottingham have been awarded £77,981.22 funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums from local housing developments.
Three different groups have received funding:
Cottingham Lawn Tennis Club have been awarded £56,690 towards phase 2 of their future plans to resurface their tennis courts. The project involves the resurfacing of two Tarmac Courts 1 & 2 and two Artificial Grass Courts. In addition to the Commuted Sums funding, Cottingham LTC will be funding £6,298 of the £62,988 project from their own funds.
Doug Jennings, Chairman of Cottingham Lawn Tennis Club, said: "We are very grateful for East Riding of Yorkshire Council's latest grant funding. We are especially pleased to be able to start the work before winter, which will enable the club to keep the programme and play continuing over the winter months as the courts, in their current state, are getting dangerously slippery when wet."
Cottingham Tigers ARLFC have been awarded £16,582.74 towards their pitches project. The club have recently moved their main playing pitch to avoid utilising the cricket outfield, introduced a specific junior pitch, installed crowd barriers on the main pitch and installed netting behind the posts. The club will also improve existing floodlighting by replacing fittings, install a pitch barrier and install two new dugouts with roller shutters. Cottingham Tigers have been successful in being awarded £16,483.20 from the Rugby World Cup 2021 Grant Fund and have contributed £2,500 of their own funds towards the project.
Paul Atkinson, Treasurer at Cottingham Tigers, said: "It's great that the local authority have been able to support us in delivering these enhanced playing and training facilities. We`re very lucky to have hundreds of great young people as part of our club and this funding will help improve them as both people and rugby players. We also hope it will help us whilst we continue to try and grow the club at all ages."
West Ella & Willerby AFC, who are based at Hilltop, Cottingham, have been awarded £4,708.48 towards realigning a pitch to enable the club to accommodate more teams. The growth in the number of teams operated by the Club requires an increase in the number of pitches. The project involves pitch marking, installation of new goal sockets, net support sockets and lids, moving the existing goal posts, moving dugouts to new locations and the provision of 40m of fencing.
Richard Brown, Treasurer at West Ella & Willerby AFC, said: "Maintaining good, safe facilities hopefully encourages more people to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The East Riding of Yorkshire Council Commuted Sums Fund is an excellent initiative and has been that extra arm required to fulfil this project. This has benefited West Ella and Willerby Football club and the community as a whole."
Councillor David Tucker, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, commented : "These three awards to successful clubs in the Cottingham area will make a real difference to the clubs themselves, and the communities they serve. I am very pleased that we have been able to facilitate these awards of Commuted Sums provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval."