Modbury Association of Recreation and Sport
For the town of Modbury in South Devon, a lack of suitable sporting and community facilities was a real problem. Due to its fairly isolated location and lack of public transport, families had to drive their children, often long distances, to partake in sporting activities. Modbury also struggled to offer its younger generation anywhere suitable for recreation use or safe socializing once away from the school gates. To be able to offer a facility, which would have the capacity to accommodate new and existing sporting groups, for all ages, as well as a social and recreational space, would therefore benefit the whole town.
With these concerns in mind Modbury Association of Recreation and Sport (MARS) was formed and plans undertaken to raise funding to create a building suitable for many uses but particularly as a sports changing and storage facility to support the existing recreation field.
The Diverse Regeneration Company (The DR Company) helped MARS with successfully gaining funding initially through the SDC LAG Enablement Fund and then the SDC LAG Community Facilities Fund. Although this funding was only a portion of the overall cost of the project, the funding was instrumental in paying for the initial architect’s fees and then a contribution towards the subsequent capital build.
Sophie Price, Project Advisor at the DR Company, worked closely with the MARS committee, helping them through the stages of the funding process both with advice and help with the application but also with continuation advice throughout the project build.
The DR Company are delighted that full funding for the project was raised and that Modbury can now boast a new sports pavilion constructed in the main using as many sustainable methods as possible and by a team based almost entirely within the local area – offering the additional benefits of local knowledge, expertise and support, whilst in turn supporting the local economy.
Over the past few years since the building was officially opened, the number of sporting groups using the facility as its base, has grown enormously and the building has become an important facility for the town – offering its users modern sports changing rooms, a social space/small hall, kitchen, meeting room and a large dedicated car park.