Cabinet approves development of Parkside Community and Sports Facility

Cabinet members have approved an additional £1m of capital funding to develop a new community and sports facility at Parkside, Hoyland.

The new, improved, purpose-built community facility will replace the existing facilities at the Rockingham Sports Ground. The replacement and provision of a new facility forms part of the Hoyland masterplan redevelopment.

The facility at Rockingham is a formal recreation ground that hosts various sporting and community activities, including football, cricket, and archery.

This investment will allow long-term improvements and opportunities for the community partnership to increase further participation and use of the facility. It will also help to support future income streams.

Future plans:

  • The plans approve the future submission of a joint bid with the Forge Community Partnership to the Football Foundation to provide an artificial grass pitch.
  • We continue to work with partners and the Football Foundation, as we have over the last 12 months or more, to find a solution that improves the current offer for local teams and visiting people to play football all year round.
  • A bespoke archery range will be constructed, allowing the development of archery through the existing club, which will meet Great Britain archery standards.
  • The plans include building a brand-new community facility at the new Parkside site.
  • The cost of this building will be covered by the developments taking place in the area, which will fund this important work.
  • The new facility will allow much wider use. Overall, this will provide a modern, multi-use facility to meet the needs of the whole community.

Forge Community Partnership has held discussions with users of the existing Rockingham centre to look at what they need. There has also been interest from other groups, who would like to move to the new centre when it is complete. Consultation has taken place with the fifteen community groups who are current users of the facility.

With new, improved facilities, this will help existing and new community groups to increase participation, as the building is developed as a community hub where sport, health initiatives and community programmes can be delivered.

The facility will be designed to be highly energy-efficient and fossil-fuel-free to support our Zero 40/45 Strategy.

Councillor Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport, said: “It is important to note that the council has been working with the Fitzwilliam Trust Corporation, the developer and the Forge Community Partnership throughout this process.

“All of the current sporting activities will be relocated, and we’re committed to developing the new facility for future use. Long-term, this will provide a much-improved facility and better recreational offer for the community. The new, energy-efficient building will also allow for much wider community use and create a sustainable facility for the future.

“We know that sport and physical activity directly contributes to residents’ physical and mental well-being. We see this as a positive step in providing a real community asset that will be used for a range of sports and include health initiatives such as cardio rehabilitation. It will be much more than a sports club and will benefit the wider community for many years to come. 

“We understand the impact of developments in our communities. The masterplans we have in place make sure we can secure these improvements in the local area while also providing the vital jobs and houses we need.

“In this case, we are seeing a significant improvement, with a brand new, purpose-built facility, to make a real difference in the local community. All stakeholders have been involved in the positive discussions to provide a new facility that will benefit all.

“It will certainly give children and young people in the area much more opportunity to access better sporting facilities than before. We hope it will also offer something for our older residents by hosting community groups, making it a truly inter-generational facility.”

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