Sowerby Sports Village is designed to create a permanent base for local sports clubs and organisations to enable them to grow in a high quality, shared and sustainable community environment.
Following extensive consultation with stakeholders and local community, the facilities which have now been granted full planning approval will include:
Hockey — extended floodlit astro pitch, served by a new two storey pavilion
Football — full sized 3G artificial grass floodlit pitch together with grass pitches for training
Rugby — two full size grass pitches, one floodlit, together with shared use of all other pitches.
Running track — 4-lane grass track circuit with sprint track to ‘home straight’
Cycling — provision of cycle paths and trails network linking into the existing and proposed infrastructure
Skate park & BMX — purpose designed skate park facility supplemented by new BMX Skills track
Fitness and Exercise activity — fitness trails around site including outdoor fitness stations
Community Allotments — 18no. half size allotments with amenity building
Thirsk Clock Community Cafe — central meeting place with training kitchen, toilets, office, computer room, meeting and training facility
Cycle Hub — workshop for cycle maintenance / crafts and cycle hire, with club meeting space
Community Sports Pavilion — community sports & social uses with balcony overlooking pitches
Hockey Pavilion — new pavilion with changing rooms, stores, toilets with first floor social areas and external balcony overlooking pitch area.
The facilities proposed reflect both the current and future needs of the various stakeholder groups involved and also provide opportunities for members of the public to engage with the sport and recreation facilities in either a formal or informal way, and perhaps for the first time.
A key objective of the design is to link the proposed facilities with the existing and future landscape and other proposed developments which are planned to surround the site. Consideration of the neighbouring school, residential areas and future developments, together with links to the existing facilities at Thirsk Athletics Club have all been carefully considered to create complimentary facilities.
At the heart, is a sustainable, community led, sport and recreational facility and the inclusion of public, private and charitable operations will provide greater access to a broader cross-section of the local community.