refurbishment of Burnham-On-Sea sports
£300,000 project to modernise a popular Burnham-On-Sea sports
centre has been completed and an official opening ceremony is
to be held later this week.
BASC Ground will officially open its refurbished changing facilities
and new viewing terrace on Saturday morning (March 27th) at 11am.
opening ceremony will be led by Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress,
plus the Chairman of Sedgemoor District Council, several Somerset
County Councillors, the Vice President of the RFU and a trustee
50 other guests are expected, many of whom have been closely involved
with BASC (the Burnham Association of Sports Clubs) in this project
or as workers for their respective sports clubs.
project includes the construction of a single storey 14 metre
extension to the south of the existing clubhouse housing three
new changing rooms, all with en-suite showers and toilets.
existing boiler room has been replaced with a referees changing
room, which includes ensuite facilities. Also, the existing changing
room to the north of the clubhouse has been remodelled and toilets
have been installed in what was the flagstore.
the existing toilets in the northwest corner of the clubhouse
have been remodelled and extended to create new facilities including
a unisex disabled toilet, all accessible from the ground floor.
The ground floor bar has been extended by incorporating what were
the old changing rooms, and within the existing first floor bar
area a new patio door now gives access onto the south-facing terrace.
On match days this terrace will provide a comfortable sitting
area where functions can take place.
Bloodworth from the BASC Project Team told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is a major project for the benefit of sport and leisure
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, bringing our club house facilities
up-to-date and further promoting BASC as the sporting venue of
choice for all people of the area."
added: "We are pleased to say that our funding providers
have shared this view and backed it with hard cash."
our user clubs expand and improve, we need facilities that are
up to date, child friendly and allow us to grow sustainably. We
had simply outgrown what we had, which was cramped and, at 30
years old, out-dated."
for the project came from several sources. Waste management company
Viridor's Landfill Communities Fund gave a whopping £115,000.
Other cash came from the RFU (£100,000), Sedgemoor District
Council (£35,000), Somerset County Council (£10,000),
and the town council (£100). Richard
House, owner of Holiday Resort Unity and Brean Leisure Park, also
is a not-for-profit organisation comprising rugby, cricket and
archery clubs with facilities used by many community organisations.
group owns and manage 32 acres of sports grounds for the benefit
and enhancement of the clubs and, through them, many local community
groups and clubs.
photos show the turf-cutting ceremony held at the BASC ground
last year to mark the start of the project.