Sports legacy aims to unite active village

Youngsters look at plans for a new Pinchbeck Community and Sports Club at a village engagement day.
Youngsters look at plans for a new Pinchbeck Community and Sports Club at a village engagement day.

Pinchbeck could soon have a community sports legacy for future generations if project leaders have their way.

A ten-acre site off Langhole Drove has been identified as the future home for a new Pinchbeck Community and Sports Club.

Initial plans were made public at a Community Engagement Day in Pinchbeck towards the end of May.

Discussions are ongoing between club trustees and parish councillors to take the project forward after an encouraging response from the public. Michael Bracegirdle, the chairman of Pinchbeck Community and Sports Club, said: “The village has such an interest in football that teams are having to use pitches – rented from South Holland District Council – outside Pinchbeck.

“We spoke to the parish council a year ago and members offered us a ten-acre site off Langhole Drove where we could expand football in Pinchbeck.

“But people said we could also run a bowls club, cricket club, triathlon and cycling from the site and so now we’re aspiring to get a new Pinchbeck Community and Sports Club all on one site.”

Mr Bracegirdle confirmed that exploratory talks had taken place with district council planning officers about the Langhole Drove site, but a planning application had not been submitted yet.

“This is a long-term project and we’re pretty excited about it,” Mr Bracegirdle said.

A parish council spokesman said: “We are pleased to be supporting the newly- formed Pinchbeck Community Sports Club as it is an ambitious venture which is being community-driven.

“It is good to encourage the importance of exercise from an early age and this newly-formed club will, in the future, be a home to many sports and hopefully will be used by people of all ages.

“It will be a superb sporting facility for our parish.”

Community open day for the village