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By Carl Jackson Thursday 24 January 2013 Updated: 31/01 10:03
A PROJECT to bring new changing rooms to the much-used Catshill Village Meadow has received a £50,000 boost from the National Lottery.
The current building on the site was converted from three concrete garages which are more than 40 years old. They have no heating or running water.
The new changing areas will include a kitchen, washing facilities and disabled toilet.
More than 40 children currently play football on the field and depend on the facilities, with two under 11s teams from Catshill Juniors and a Bromsgrove Blades under 13s outfit.
The new changing rooms, which it is hoped will encourage another team to come and use the site, will cost around £82,000 in total.
The building will also be available for other public events, such as car boot sales and the annual bonfire event.
The North West Ward Association (NWWA), which manages the land as a charitable trust, secured the lottery funding as part of the £150million Places People Play legacy scheme.
NWWA chairman Ian Prust said the organisation would also be appealing to parish, district and county.
"It's costing us quite a lot of money to maintain and keep it up-to-date. I'ts just very very old!" he said.
Last June, the organisation was the only charity in North Worcestershire to host a 'Community Games' in the build-up for London 2012.
Now it is hoped the project will encourage sports participation in Catshill and form part of Bromsgrove's Olympic legacy.
Catherine Simcox, from NWWA, who took the lead on securing the lottery funding, said: "We had over 2,000 of our local residents attend this successful event.
"We now feel an 'Olympics’ legacy' has also been achieved with this exciting new facility for the village.
"We are delighted to have secured this investment for Catshill Village Meadow."
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