Redcar_and_Cleveland_Borough_CouncilA LOCAL sports club is celebrating after being awarded funding for a new sports pavilion.

Carlin How Working Men’s Bowls Club is among 148 local sports projects to secure a share of £9million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

Since 2011, the fund has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.

The club will receive almost £68,000 of the funding to build a new pavilion replacing the old one.

Records of sport being played at the current site date back to the early 1900s, however late last year the club was put at risk of closure due to health and safety concerns with its pavilion. Through this funding the club will have the resources to build a brand new pavilion which will secure the long term future of bowling at the club.

The new facility will be open for use by the local community and will also double up as a changing facility for football during the winter months.

Club Chairman, John Young, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment; this is real coup not just for the club but for the small area of Carlin How.

“We hope that the new pavilion will act as a catalyst for driving participation in sport and physical activity locally.”

Cllr Lynn Pallister, cabinet member for Health and Housing, at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council said: “This is fantastic news for Carlin How, and I am delighted the new pavilion will help create more opportunities for people to play sport in our borough.”

Cllr Barry Hunt, Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, said: “I am really pleased that this facility has received the National Lottery funding, and I want to thank all those involved in the bidding process. I would particularly like to thank Stephen Mussett, the council’s community health development co-ordinator, for all of his help on this project.

“Not only will this new pavilion secure the long term future of bowling at the site, but we are hoping to secure further investment to capitalise on the legacy of the Olympic Games and enhance our provision for other local sports clubs.”