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Croston Sports Club – Press Release 11-1-16
A sports club in Lancashire that acted as a much-needed safe haven and place of refuge following the Boxing Day floods, is now itself in much need of repair and significant investment.
Many homes and businesses in the village of Croston were destroyed during the floods, some people were made homeless overnight, but the sports club became the hub of activity throughout the devastation.
Manager of the Sports Club, Lisa Watkinson said: “In the aftermath of the floods, the building acted as ‘Croston flood headquarters’, providing invaluable shelter and support for so many people affected; villagers who were made homeless; the emergency services (fire & rescue, police, army, Environment Agency); and the extensive team of volunteers from the village and beyond who organised the Flood Response Team.”
Good Samaritans of the local community sprang into action as dozens were forced to flee their homes. The Sports Club remained open day and night, where over 600 meals were made and given out to those who needed them most – including members of the emergency services to keep them going round the clock.
However, sadly all this action has taken its toll on the sports club, and amongst the devastation of the village as a whole is that, significant areas of the sports club were also flooded.
Sadly, both the football and tennis club facilities have been made unusable (football pitch and tennis courts) along with their changing facilities.
Lisa added: “The sports club is a not-for-profit community organisation run by volunteers for our community since 1960 and the kitchen is currently a project we are seeking funds to refurbish. It was in a bad state of repair prior to the floods so it is a testament to our volunteers we managed to get 600 meals out of it. Obviously such intensive use hasn’t helped matters.”
The group says £100,000 is needed to bring it up to the standard of professional facilities the community so badly needs, now and for the next 55 years.
“As well as our array of sports teams and clubs benefitting from the facilities (thousands of under 18’s through to over 80 year olds from all over the North West), we will offer the community continued support.
“Many of the village’s other public venues have been severely affected in the floods, so we will continue to offer a place for other local voluntary groups to come and run their activities whilst they need to.”
The group is also asking for any local tradesman, businesses and individuals who can offer any assistance (funding especially) to offer their support. If you can help please contact Lisa Watkinson on 07989401771.