Lydiate – The long haul to try to address sporting deficiencies at Sandy Lane Playing Field

The Clerk of Lydiate Parish Council, her staff and I met with a representative of Liverpool County FA on 11th January to try to move forward the process of identifying how the Parish Council can upgrade facilities at this playing field.

I have mentioned before the poor state of the tennis courts and the need for them to be brought up to the standard of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA). My previous postings refer and within the one below is a report on the matter from the November ’17 Parish Council meeting:-

The meeting on the 11th was to see whether the Football Foundation, via the local FA, would be willing to support a project that could also see, if the funding can be put in place, the present changing room building fully refurbished and probably extended. The present building is pretty much as built in the 1970’s and with the growth of women’s football and the need for disability access it is hardly suitable for purpose these days.

Sandy Lane Changing Rooms building in March 2016

Coupled with the MUGA plan and a big changing room upgrade the football pitches will probably need some further work doing to them to counter flooding problems.

So this was the huge agenda we discussed to see how things could be moved forward. It’s probably the case that other grant giving bodies such as Sport England and the National Lottery will need to be approached too particularly with regard to funding for the MUGA as this is not something that the Football Foundation will support.

More news when I get it.

Lydiate – Tennis Courts get amber light for resurfacing

I have covered this issue before but to recap the present state of the surface of the courts at Sandy Lane Park is poor so Lydiate Parish Council is looking to correct that. They presently look like this:-

This is the present run-down condition of the Sandy Lane Park tennis courts surface.

This is the present run-down condition of the Sandy Lane Park tennis courts surface.

They could end up looking like this:-


Well not quite like that but you get my drift. In fact the Parish Council wants them to be munti-use not just for tennis which is a short season game outside for many folk. A multi-use facility like this is called a MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) and it could be marked out for other sports too such as five-a-side football, netball, basketball etc.

The big issue will be paying for the works so the Parish Council is looking for potential grants from Sport England and the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association). We hope we can pull together a funding package and gain the backing of Lydiate’s 3 primary schools, scouts, guides etc. to enable a bid to be made for grants.

The issue will come back to the Parish Council in March of 2017.