Artist's impression for Sports and Community Village in Newark

8 December 2016

Nottinghamshire YMCA has released images of the proposed Sports and Community Village off  Bowbridge Road. 

This follows the announcement from Newark and Sherwood District Council that the local charity will be its partner for a multi-million pound Sports and Community Village in the heart of Newark.

Plans for the site include an exciting mix of activities and facilities including FA compliant artificial turf pitches (ATP) to support local teams such as Newark Town Football Club and the RHP football club; which is part of the YMCA’s aspiration to support local clubs to flourish. We can also expect an athletics track, multi-use all-weather sports pitches, a climbing wall, a BMX track and facilities for archery.

The YMCA’s vision for the site also includes a large family friendly cafe. Multi-functional spaces will host a wide range of educational programmes, classes and activities for children and young people; from dance, music and pottery to an accredited hospitality and catering training scheme. The plans also incorporate an adult education programme.

Craig Berens, Director of Operations and Programmes at Nottinghamshire YMCA said:“The Sports and Community Village will be a real hub of activity. We believe that everyone should feel part of a family and be able to take part in healthy activity as a group; whether that’s a sports club, an interest group or wider movement. We are looking forward to talking to local families to build an intergenerational and collaborative space.”

The YMCA is already working with local sports clubs, Newark Sports Association (NSA), Newark Town Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Balderton Parish Council and the greater community to get plans under way. Dates and time frames have yet to be set for the start of the build but are likely to see progress in mid-2017.
YMCA has been in conversation with National Governing Bodies, including Sport England, to ensure that the village is an integral part of the community.

Andy James, Relationship Manager Facilities & Planning at Sport England said: "Sport England is excited about the YMCA's innovative approach to the site development and the direction of travel which appears to align well with many of the strategic outcomes of the new Sport England's strategy. Not only around the concept catering to the core sports market, in addition the scheme also goes a long way to breaking down the barriers of physical inactivity.

"The YMCA's proposed direction facilitates a more inclusive community facility, which can be shared by the whole community spectrum from early years children to retired adults. Sport England is looking forward to developing these plans further working with the YMCA and Newark and Sherwood District Council in the future."

Nottinghamshire YMCA has a rich history of delivering healthy and participative activity for children, young people and families. Following the launch of their popular adventure-style holiday camp in 2015, which includes climbing, kayaking on the River Trent and a skate park, we can expect yet more innovative and adventurous plans to emerge in the coming months.

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