£28K grant to sports centre

Heanor and Loscoe will soon have an all-weather, outdoor sports venue thanks to The Veolia Environmental Trust awarding a grant of £28,000 to the Charles Hill Sports Complex.

The award will enable the key preparation work to drain off excess water to be carried out so that a new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) can be installed at the complex on Flamstead Avenue.

The grant is one of 50 awarded by the Trust to celebrate 15 years of supporting community and environmental projects across the UK. It has now awarded a total of £50 million to schemes of varying size and type including £600,000 to projects in Derbyshire over the last five years.

Charles Hill Centre CIC project leader, John McCulloch, said: “It’s great that The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded this grant and we look forward to working with them to develop and undertake this scheme. It will enable a much desired all-weather outdoor sports area to be created in Heanor, and provide a facility that will mean so much to so many in all our local communities.”

The Trust’s executive director, McNabb Laurie, said: “This is great news for Heanor and we look forward to the scheme starting. We have had a busy 15 years and our awarding of £50 million is a significant achievement.”