Search

£4m sports centre boost near Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 05:35 19 February 2003 | UPDATED: 16:18 24 February 2010

A SPORTS centre and an international indoor bowls rink costing nearly £4 million could be built for use by villagers on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Some details of the ambitious project have been released by Martlesham Community Council who are helping with the scheme.

A SPORTS centre and an international indoor bowls rink costing nearly £4 million could be built for use by villagers on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Some details of the ambitious project have been released by Martlesham Community Council who are helping with the scheme. They have announced that a finance package of more than £800,000 has been secured towards the estimated total cost of £3.7 million.

The Sandlings Sports Centre is planned on about 2.5 acres of land near the Farmhouse Pub roundabout, off Hartree Way, Kesgrave. The site has been donated by the landowners subject to an agreement relating to land use.

Martlesham Community Council said: ''The building will consist of two halls linked together by a central reception area with support facilities including changing rooms, fitness suite, meeting rooms and bar.

''On one side will be an international six-rink bowls hall. On the other side will be a multi-purpose sports hall. Research into the need for a quality bowls hall has demonstrated a strong need with present waiting time to join existing clubs of up to two years.''

Meetings have been held with representatives of badminton, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, netball, gymnastics, archery, fencing and short tennis sports to establish the need for the sports hall.

The community council said National Lottery funding would be essential for the project and financial support for the sports hall would depend on proof that there was a shortage of facilities in the area.

''The aim, along with our partners, is not just to build the Sandlings Sports Centre but to make it a centre of sporting excellence with a wide range of sporting activities,'' said the council.

Woodbridge does not have a public sports centre and the town and village of Rushmere could take advantage of the new facility at Kesgrave.

The Second Stop Shop next to Tesco, Kesgrave, provides money for the appeal and there are two forthcoming fund raising events. On February 20 there is a Body Shop Party at 8pm at Martlesham Heath pavilion and on March 12 at 7.30pm there is a Tupperware Party at the pavilion.

richard.smith@eadt.co.uk


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the East Anglian Daily Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the East Anglian Daily Times