Latest plans for Newark and Sherwood Sports and Community Village released

Latest plans for Newark and Sherwood Sports and Community Village released

Nottinghamshire YMCA has unveiled updated plans for the multi-million pound sports and community village on Bowbridge Road, Newark, ahead of submitting a formal planning application.

Newly released site plans and artist’s impressions demonstrate the ambitious and exciting proposal for the site which will provide sports, arts and music opportunities for communities and generations across the county.

The Village will combine sports and community unlike anywhere else in the UK. Newly released site plans show a 750m closed road cycle circuit, an FA compliant 3G football pitch (FIFA quality concept for football turf one star), multiple 5-a-side pitches, a multi-use community sports pitch, tennis courts, an athletics track and a skate park.

In addition to impressive sports facilities, there will be a dedicated internal strength and conditioning space, with the village building boasting a 12m high climbing wall covering 262m2, a nursery, creative arts studios and digital media suites. The large onsite cafe promises freshly prepared seasonal produce as well as brilliant views across the whole site. This will really be a space for all ages, abilities and interests.

On Wednesday 09 August 2017, a public consultation was held at RHP. The YMCA team were encouraged by the ongoing local support for the proposed plans.

Craig Berens is Director of Operations and Programmes at Nottinghamshire YMCA
“After many rewarding months working collaboratively with local sports clubs and community groups, we now have plans which will deliver a multi-functional space for all residents of Newark and Sherwood.

“We’re humbled by the support we have received both locally and nationally, for what we believe is a truly unique opportunity for Newark to be the home of a sports and community village which is quite unlike anything else available in the UK.”

Nottinghamshire YMCA hopes to encourage participation by introducing a scholarship programme, so that the site and its programmes are truly inclusive.

The shaded area in the south-east corner of the proposed site plan shows proposed land for access to Balderton Lake, complete with a boathouse where watersports will take place. Use of the lake has been agreed in principle by Balderton Parish Council. Nottinghamshire YMCA is now engaged in discussions to lease land from Tarmac, the owners of the shaded area. Consultation with Tarmac will continue in the near future.

Nottinghamshire YMCA has already pledged £1.5million to match funds from charitable trusts and contributions. Contact todd.cauthorn@nottsymca.org if you are interested in finding out more about supporting the project.

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