A new community sports facility for Grimoldby and Manby thanks to over £40,000 worth of funding

Fred Collings (left) and Councillor Terry Knowles
Fred Collings (left) and Councillor Terry Knowles

Youngsters in Grimoldby and Manby can finally make us of a community sports facility right at the heart Grimoldby thanks to more than £40,000 worth of funding.

Almost a decade ago Grimoldby and Manby Parish Councillors decided that they wanted to create a community space for youngsters from the two villages where they could go to spend time with friends.

Over the years the initial idea of a simple youth shelter morphed into an all-weather sports area with tennis court and five-a-side football pitch.

Parish Councillor Fred Collings, who recently suffered a stroke, undertook a lot of the paperwork involved in securing grants.

He explained: “We wanted somewhere safe for the kids to go where they could take part in sports and enjoy being outdoors in the village.”

Earlier this year councillors saw their dreams become a reality as an area of over-grown shrub land started to develop into the community area they had hoped for thanks to grants from East Lindsey District Council’s Community Grants Scheme (£8,000), WINGAS (£8,000), the Big Lottery Fund (£10,000) and Grimoldby and Manby Parish Council (£15,000).

The money paid for the hard standing, metal fence and equipment including football goals and tennis nets as well as the hard labour required.

Parish Council chairman and district Coun, Terry Knowles said: “To have something like this in Grimoldby and Manby is fantastic.

“It is somewhere where kids, and also adults, can come and hit or kick a ball around. It is somewhere safe for them.

“In today’s day and age where too many children sit indoors in front of a TV it is fantastic to see so many kids out here every day.”

The area, opposite Manby Post Office, is regularly used by up to 20 youngsters at a time. They can bring their own sports equipment or can loan some from the nearby Post Office.

Mr Collings and Councillor Knowles have a strict ‘no nonsense’ rule on the area – no bikes on the courts, no litter and no misbehaving.

The rule means that the area can stay open 24 hours a day – as long as it is treated with respect, and is available to anyone who wants to use it.

When asked of their opinions, a group of teenage boys using the tennis courts declared a resounding “it is amazing”, before rushing off to start another game – maybe inspired by Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win earlier this year which was screened live on Skegness beach as part of SO Festival 2013 or the England Women’s team success at Louth in their One Day International against Pakistan.”

There is approximately £114,950 available to be awarded as part of the East Lindsey District Council Community Grants Scheme which has an application deadline of August 15, 2013.

Grants of up to £8,000 can be awarded to formally governed, not for profit organisations and Town and Parish Councils towards community projects which will benefit the residents of East Lindsey.

Grant Application packs including an information guide can also be downloaded from www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/communitygrants under the Community section or paper copies can be obtained by contacting the Community Grants Team on 01507 613040 or by emailing community.grants@e-lindsey.gov.uk.