Three sports clubs in Brightlingsea have completed a project to provide new storage facilities as part of a wider development scheme.

The football and cricket teams using the Bayard Recreation Ground now have two spacious units in place where they can keep all their equipment. The long term aim is to revamp the clubhouse and changing facilities at the site as they have run out of space to meet the increasing demand.

Tendring’s Big Society Fund gave £5,744 towards the initiative after a successful bid was made last year. Brightlingsea Town Councillor Mick Barry, who made the bid, said that the three clubs engage with 400 users and all have a strong focus on youth development forging important links with the local infant and junior school.

“The facilities at the recreation ground desperately need upgrading and as part of the long term plan the first stage was to relocate and consolidate our storage space,” he said. “The existing storage was totally inadequate and unfit for purpose and was a barrier to further expansion.”

Mr Barry added: “We now have the two new storage units sited on land donated by Brightlingsea Town Council which will provide sufficient capacity for future needs. This is laying the foundations for a much bigger development of clubhouse and changing facilities for the clubs and we are very grateful for the support from Tendring’s Big Society Fund which made all the difference.”

Tom Howard, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Finance and who chairs the fund panel, said that the clubs are playing a vital role in the community.

“The facilities are used by all ages and the storage units are hopefully just the first step in bigger things to come at Bayard Recreation Ground,” he said. “I will be watching with interest to see how the facilities develop in the future and wish the clubs every success with their project and on-going development.”

Left to right Mick Barry (Brightlingsea Town Councillor); Ian Newman (Cinque Port FC); Richard Lankester (Brightlingsea Cricket Club) Graham Carter and Terry Hamilton (Brightlingsea Town Council groundsmen).

Left to right Mick Barry (Brightlingsea Town Councillor); Ian Newman (Cinque Port FC); Richard Lankester (Brightlingsea Cricket Club) Graham Carter and Terry Hamilton (Brightlingsea Town Council groundsmen).