Since 2008, the playing field has seen some quite dramatic developments that have transformed the site into an exciting facility that will be available to be used and enjoyed by people of all ages.
In 2003, the site was little more than a field with a new but unused pavilion and a few pieces of rusty, unsafe play equipment that attracted very few people. So, the playing field committee decided to survey the children of the village to find out what they most wanted from their playing field and the results showed overwhelmingly that a new play area was their number 1 priority with a multi-sports court coming second.
The committee set about obtaining designs and costings and trying to raise the necessary funding but it was not until planning permission was granted in 2007 that the work of turning hopes into reality really began. With help from North Lincolnshire Council, almost £100,000 of Lottery funding was secured to allow us to commence Phase 1 and a new, modern play area was installed in July 2008.
Since then, the previously deserted site has become much livelier with parents & toddlers calling in on their way home from school and small children and youths now have a great meeting place. In addition, Westwoodside Rangers FC’s two junior football teams, Axholme Raiders junior team and The Kings Arms senior team are all now based at the field, making use of the best Senior and Junior football pitches in the area and using the pavilion’s excellent changing facilities.
New Play Area
But we didn’t rest on our laurels then, working hard to raise the funds for Phase 2, the floodlit multi-sports court and this was finally completed in November 2010. Once again, we are indebted to the Lottery, North Lincolnshire Council and the Northern Lincolnshire LEADER Programme for providing the majority of the funding. We must also thank Haxey Parish Council who continue to give us excellent support and have provided funds towards the project and Axholme Lions who also awarded us a grant towards the floodlighting.
It is intended to have the court open to all at week-ends and bookings are already being taken for 5-a-side football training. Other sports, including basketball, tennis, hockey, netball and short cricket can also be played on the court all year round. For further information or to enquire about booking the sports court or the centre, please contact Richard Carter on 07771 828727.
The centre rooms can be booked for a very competitive rate for birthday parties, meetings, clubs etc, by contacting the number above.
Work is under way on the extension to the pavilion which will provide us with some excellent meeting and function rooms, The build should be complete in early 2014 and applications are being invited from anybody who may wish to use the pavilion on a regular basis. Contact us if you are interested in regular use of the pavilion.
We also have a large meeting room (approx 20ft x 18ft) which is available for hire with or without presentation equipment.
Toilet and kitchen facilities can also be used.
Make use of excellent facilities on your doorstep!
All of our facilities here at Westwoodside Playing Field are available to hire by both clubs and individuals at very competitive rates. We can provide an excellent space for events of all types and for all ages from a child’s birthday party to an anniversary party.
Our Centre rooms provide the perfect place for a local committee meeting and can be hired on a regular basis for clubs such as Brownies, Rainbows, Scouts, Guides etc. We now offer a larger space that could be utilised for day care, fitness classes, coffee mornings and anything else that you could think of?
Our aim is to have the facility in constant use, becoming a hub of the local community.
Why not hire the football pitch for your child’s birthday party, have a good kick around, then use the facilities to end the day with a party?
Call us for any enquiries on 07771 828727 / 0784 220 1877 or email Richard Carter on firstname.lastname@example.org / Deb Hotson on email@example.com