Open door policy for sports clubs at playing field

Coun Graham Dark who headed up a task group to look at the use of Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field in Spalding.  Photo by David Lowndes.
Coun Graham Dark who headed up a task group to look at the use of Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field in Spalding. Photo by David Lowndes.

Sports clubs in Spalding are to be asked about the idea of a community event to promote a sporting venue in the town.

The event at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field would be a way of informing archery, bowls and other sports clubs of the site’s availability for functions they wish to hold there.

Spalding United Football Club is the main user of the playing field for league and cup matches, but trustees South Holland District Council now want to see the site used as widely as possible.

Coun Graham Dark, chairman of a task group set up by the council in December 2013 to look at how the playing field is run, said: “I am keen to have an open day or weekend at Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field where all sports clubs in the district of South can be offered the opportunity to have a demonstration to advertise their particular clubs’ activities.

“It could also be an event where sports clubs can sign up new members and display any cups, trophies and medals won by their members.”

The original deeds for the playing field state that it should be used for “athletic, social and educational objectives” in the Spalding area.

Coun Dark said: “We already have numerous clubs in the district who are competing and winning titles at county, regional and national level.

“Therefore, the open day or weekend will give people in South Holland the opportunity to see just how many successful and varied sporting activities are available throughout the district.

“It will also give council officers the opportunity to inform people of the playing field’s availability and procedure for hire.”