Olympic legacy is set to transform Pett

Pett sports success
Pett sports success

PETT Sports Association has secured almost half a million pounds in Olympic funding.

The Association will receive £47,435 to refurbish the sports pavilion at the Recreation Ground.

The funding will help deliver new, high quality facilities for the local cricket team, as well as full disabled access and more sustainable heating and power.

The pavilion extension will include a new functions room that it is hoped will be used by all members of the local community for social and sporting activities.

And as a result, a new junior cricket side will play at Pett for the first time this year.

Pett Sports Association Secretary, Philippa Strickland, said: “We are delighted to

have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade our facilities to meet the ever increasing needs of the local community, especially the young people for whom the cricket club is such an important and positive activity.

We still have more funding to raise, but intend to start work on the Pavilion in October, and have the new facilities ready for the 2014 season.“

Local MP, Amber Rudd, said: “This investment by Sport England into Pett Sports

Association as part of our Olympic legacy is fantastic news.

“Pett has always had a strong sports tradition, and this money will help them expand their cricket and other activities to more people from the village and from the surrounding area, including Ore on the edge of Hastings, where I know how great the need is for more activities for young people.”

Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for East Sussex. It shows we’re offering what people want.”