£3,000 boost to local village sports dream
There’s cause for celebratory fireworks in Elkesley this November thanks to national charity Fields in Trust (FiT). Fields in Trust have awarded a grant of £3,000 to the Elkesley Queen Elizabeth II Sports Field, through the Queen Elizabeth II Fields County Funds. Elkesley Parish Council will put the money towards a new multi-use games area, adding to funds raised so far by the Playground committee and villagers.
Before the sports field facilities were developed, village children had to travel seven miles to be able to play sport. Reliant on an infrequent bus service, the villagers were desperate to develop their own site to promote health and fitness in the local children.
The Sports Field was eligible for the QEII Fields County funding as owners, Elkesley Parish Council, nominated it for the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge. Becoming part of the Challenge means the Playing Fields will be preserved for future generations to use and enjoy forever. With the Duke of Cambridge’s patronage, and the support of principal partner Asda, the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to create a living legacy to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by protecting open play spaces across the UK. The programme gives communities the chance to engage with and celebrate these two historic events in their local area and to benefit from them for years to come.
“We’re delighted to have received this funding from Fields in Trust for the Field. It takes us one step closer to our vision of a high quality sports facility in the village itself. With Fields in Trust’s support we have been able to make sure not only that the Sports Field will always be there but it will be in better shape for future generations to enjoy,” Mr Oldbury, Parish Chairman.
“Saving outdoor space is crucial for the health and enjoyment of communities everywhere and I am delighted that the Parish Council is embracing the opportunity presented by the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge to protect, and improve their locally protected QEII Field. By safeguarding and improving this area, the Trust has shown how much they value the quality of life of everyone in their community both now and in the future,” Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said.