Background to Lymington Sports Association and the
Planning Application for an Extension to the Pavilion at Woodside
Based on information supplied to lymington.com by Lymington Sports Association
Woodside Park and Gardens is a 30 acre site, originally bequeathed to the people of Lymington by Colonel Henry Douglas Rooke to provide public space for sports and recreation facilities.
The Lymington Sports Association aims to continue this legacy; to enhance the Woodside playing fields facilities for the benefit of the communities that use it and to develop a greater sense of unity amongst the sporting community of Lymington
The facilities will offer an ideal focal point for Lymington’s sports clubs, a club house the community could be proud of when hosting local sporting and community events – all year round. The improved pavilion will also become an ideal location to safely store precious sporting equipment. There is now also an opportunity for the pavilion to act as an appropriate base for running school sports days and children’s sports theme holiday clubs
Lymington Sports Association
The mission statement for the new Association is:
To unite and develop a sporting and recreational community, for all ages, in Lymington.
The formation of The Lymington Sports Association as a registered charity, creates a united community for the sportsmen and women of the town and its local area. The LSA aims to encourage, support and promote the wide variety sporting activities Lymington has to offer to all ages, including encouraging a closer relationship between local sporting clubs and local schools.
The LSA aims to unite Lymington’s sportspeople, fostering a lifelong connection with sports and ensuring a continuity of sporting activity throughout their lives (e.g. Youth football to bowls). The association through its scale and collective experience goes further to ensure that sharing of financial best practice, operational support and cross club mentoring will provide both new clubs the opportunity to establish and those clubs already established, stability for the future.
The LSA anticipates that it will be able to realise economies of scale and its members will be able to take advantage of partnerships forged with local professionals and suppliers (e.g. physiotherapists, accountants, legal, equipment suppliers, clothing suppliers, branding companies)
The Pavilion at Woodside
The existing sports pavilion at Woodside Gardens is a much valued facility that has been in place since around 1982. Due to its age, construction and limited provision, the time is right to evolve the pavilion to preserve its landscaped setting.
The improved facilities (see top photo) aimed at all ages and genders and additional space will also create the much needed sense of sporting community Lymington has missed, whilst also enhancing the enjoyment of community groups which rely upon it.
The new facilities will offer an ideal focal point for Lymington’s sports clubs, a club house the community can be proud of when hosting local sporting and community events – all year round. The improved pavilion will also become an ideal location to safely store precious sporting equipment. There is now also an opportunity for the pavilion to act as an appropriate base for running school sports days and children’s sports theme holiday clubs
The new pavilion facilities include: Four sports body approved & compliant changing facilities, ample showering and toilet facilities, two officials changing rooms, medical treatment room, multi role club rooms, kitchen/canteen facility, meeting area, and sports equipment storage.
The Pavilion will be the hub for the LSA – the pivotal point where the ‘sporting community’ is fostered and a facility that conforms to regulations for both children and adults, accredited by sporting governing bodies.
It looks great and will sit in its corner at Woodside perfectly.
In time it will be amazing to think that Lymington will be able to host annual sports awards (best team, best individual, best volunteer, best coach etc etc) and give back to those that cannot afford sporting equipment by way of scholarships etc. It will also be able to cross promote sports and introduce sportsmen and women of all ages to new sports.
The founder members are Lymington Mariners Rugby, New Forest Hockey Club, Lymington Netball Club, New Forest Soccer, Lymington Cricket Club, and New Forest & Lymington Volleyball.
This community-led, charity association would safeguard the legacy and value of Woodside for the future and work to develop the sporting community of Lymington.
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