Villagers get skates on to save local centre

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Wheels are in motion to promote a community centre in Donington threatened with closure and attract much-needed funding.

A roller disco was held last Tuesday evening as the first of a number of new activities being organised to secure cash from Sport England.

Rollerdisco at Donington Community Centre'Younngsters ready for their session'Photo:  SG280513-225TW

Rollerdisco at Donington Community Centre'Younngsters ready for their session'Photo: SG280513-225TW

The roller disco was held by the centre’s entertainment committee, in conjunction with Leo Promotions.

Committee member Michelle Allgood said: “The roller disco was incredibly well-supported. It was a great night out as it was family friendly and the later session catered for the advanced skaters.

“Everyone enjoyed themselves and we had very positive feedback from all involved.”

There are plans to hold this event every last Tuesday of the month, with the next one booked for June 25.

The community centre in Donington was built 18 years ago after many hours’ fundraising by the local community. It was designed as a venue for larger functions, such as weddings, with a bar and kitchen facility.

However, in spite of being used by a number of groups – including Brownies and Guides, the Young Dons Football Club and a mother and toddler group – the building has been used infrequently for larger functions.

It is now in need of refurbishment, as well as improvements needing to be made to the access road.

Three consultation sessions were held where residents of Donington and the surrounding villages were invited to give their thoughts on how the building could be used for the benefit of the local community.

The overwhelming suggestion was for a gym and mixed sports facility.

Plans are now being drawn up by the committee and members will then apply for Sport England and other funding.

It is hoped that as there is renewed interest in fitness activities that Donington will, with a little bit of help, be able to provide a much-needed community sports facility.

Michelle said: “We are applying to Sport England on the back of the legacy left by the Olympic Games. It would be such a shame if it was to close down. After the success of our first event we are hopeful we can save it.”

l There are two roller disco sessions being held on the last Tuesday of the month – with beginners starting at 6.30pm and seniors and advanced at 8.15pm.