Wokingham council spend nearly £ 1million on boxing center and pitch
ALMOST £ 1million has been pledged to provide better sports facilities in the area by Wokingham City Council.
The council’s executive committee agreed to spend a total of £ 930,000 to create a new boxing center and 3G pitch in separate locations in the borough.
Of this, £ 630,000 will go towards establishing a boxing fitness center in a unit on the first floor of the Peach Place development, which is part of the Wokingham town center regeneration project.
When complete, the boxing center will offer boxing lessons, self-defense lessons, and the possibility of a store that would sell boxing gear, training gear, protein shakes and snacks.
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The plan has been hailed as an attempt at dialogue with the Black Ethnic Minority Community (BAME), as in the last two Olympics (2012 and 2016), 87% of boxing medalists for the Great Britain team were from by BAME.
The hub will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, depending on council plans.
The board expects the boxing center to generate a net profit of £ 87,230 in its first year of operation.
Elsewhere £ 300,000 will be spent to build a new 3G sports ground and associated 40-50 parking space at Laurel Park in Earley.
The pitch will actually cost around £ 800,000 to build, with the remaining £ 500,000 coming from the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity.
The council streamlined the loan by saying that football clubs will no longer need to leave the borough to use the grounds. The council has partnered with Laurel Park FC and Whiteknights FC, who will use the land once it is built.
The land will require a building permit to build, with the council hoping to submit a plan this summer. If the request is approved, work will begin four weeks after the decision. We hope that the work can start in the summer of next year.
All the £ 930,000 the council spends will come from borrowing.
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It is also possible that a new cricket ground will be formed after Councilor Pauline Jorgensen raises the issue.
Cllr Jorgensen said: “I am very happy to see the proposal to put a 3G pitch on Laurel Park, the pitches there are a bit rough, some of them are getting very wet, and I know a lot of them. he different teams in the race will be absolutely delighted.
“I was just wondering if you could squeeze into an astroturf cricket ground over there as well, there is only one cricket ground in Earley, it’s on Sol Joel, it’s a grass field and it’s probably not as good as it could be, be really helpful if you could also fit in some astroturf terrain if possible.
Cllr Parry Batth, executive member of the recreation council, said adding a cricket ground was a “fantastic idea” and that he would “certainly consider” adding it to the plans.
The plan for the boxing fitness center and the 3G pitch, which is part of the council’s recreation strategy, were both unanimously approved at the Wokingham Borough Council executive committee meeting on Thursday June 24.
The entire executive committee is made up of curators.