Eastleigh Borough Council to consider plans to overhaul Sholing FC's VT Sports Ground

Daily Echo: Sholing FC (red and white stripes) in action against Mangotsfield United at VT Sports Ground Sholing FC (red and white stripes) in action against Mangotsfield United at VT Sports Ground

MAJOR plans have been unveiled to breathe life into the home of two well-known Hampshire sports clubs.

A new cricket pavilion, clubhouse and all weather sports pitch are being lined up for the VT Sports Ground – the home of Sholing FC and VT Cricket Club.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds would be ploughed into the overhaul, to bring “desperately”

needed new facilities to the Portsmouth Road grounds.

The proposals would also include a much-needed 112-space car park with widened access and driveway.

Sholing FC, known as the Boatmen, have long held ambitions to improve their coaching and development of talented players and to improve their community outreach offering.

With 12 teams and 350 members, club bosses want a state-of-the-art ‘3G’ surfaced sports pitch and training area to cater for all ages as well as an upgraded second pitch on the site.

VT Cricket, which has 60 members, says it needs new facilities to match its rapidly improving standards over the last five years.

The plans would see better changing facilities, a modern pavilion, a clock and scoreboard visible from the pitch and the possibility of including a spectator viewing area and catering provisions.

Meanwhile, the ground’s current clubhouse would be demolished to make way for a modern replacement complying with Football Association regulations and featuring new toilets, showers, first aid and officials accommodation.

Plans submitted by the Rund Partnership, the agent for VT Sports, say the current buildings are in a “very poor state of affairs”.

The planning statement adds: “There is an ideal opportunity to develop the site to provide a multi-use sports and social facility that is utilised weekdays and weekends and by all sectors of the community, and therefore becoming a hub for social and sporting excellence.

“VT Sports want to ensure that opportunities are provided for local vulnerable groups such as the over 60s, single parents and those families in local deprived areas, as well as providing top quality sporting facilities and developing local talented athletes.”

A period of consultation ends on January 25.

A decision date has yet to be set by Eastleigh Borough Council.

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1:31pm Thu 3 Jan 13

EarlyRiser says...

Why should tax payers money be used to improve things for a club (Sholing) that is semi pro and pay their players ?

If you want a grant, be sure to mention al, the paople that councils like to haver ticked boxes for.

VT Sports want to ensure that opportunities are provided for local vulnerable groups such as the over 60s, single parents and those families in local deprived areas,

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Why should tax payers money be used to improve things for a club (Sholing) that is semi pro and pay their players ? If you want a grant, be sure to mention al, the paople that councils like to haver ticked boxes for. VT Sports want to ensure that opportunities are provided for local vulnerable groups such as the over 60s, single parents and those families in local deprived areas, You have missed out Turkish one legged lesbians EarlyRiser

1:44pm Thu 3 Jan 13

mickyt7 says...

I have just read (&re-read) this article and I did not see any mention of "tax payers money". Do you get up early just to be cynical or did I miss a bit?
I have just read (&re-read) this article and I did not see any mention of "tax payers money". Do you get up early just to be cynical or did I miss a bit? mickyt7

3:50pm Thu 3 Jan 13

EarlyRiser says...

So where else do eastleigh council get their money from if not the tax payer
So where else do eastleigh council get their money from if not the tax payer EarlyRiser

4:02pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Lone Ranger. says...

EarlyRiser wrote:
So where else do eastleigh council get their money from if not the tax payer
AS i understand it the only thing coming from Eastleigh council is the Planning Permission .......... and nothing else.
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Perhaps you can explain where you feel that the article mentions using money from Eastleigh Council ...... Over to you
[quote][p][bold]EarlyRiser[/bold] wrote: So where else do eastleigh council get their money from if not the tax payer[/p][/quote]AS i understand it the only thing coming from Eastleigh council is the Planning Permission .......... and nothing else. . Perhaps you can explain where you feel that the article mentions using money from Eastleigh Council ...... Over to you Lone Ranger.

5:26pm Thu 3 Jan 13

SaintM says...

The council already own a cricket field and hotel so why not buy the sports field, soon they would be too busy to collect dustbins.
The council already own a cricket field and hotel so why not buy the sports field, soon they would be too busy to collect dustbins. SaintM

6:28pm Thu 3 Jan 13

PepBecauseILookLikeHim says...

I think its a great idea, having played for the club from the age of 9 i have seen the lack of improvements to this sports facility for over 30 years, anything that has been done recently has been funded in house, for the council to give a bit back which will benefit the club and local community can only be good for the area!!
I think its a great idea, having played for the club from the age of 9 i have seen the lack of improvements to this sports facility for over 30 years, anything that has been done recently has been funded in house, for the council to give a bit back which will benefit the club and local community can only be good for the area!! PepBecauseILookLikeHim

7:52am Fri 4 Jan 13

EarlyRiser says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
EarlyRiser wrote: So where else do eastleigh council get their money from if not the tax payer
AS i understand it the only thing coming from Eastleigh council is the Planning Permission .......... and nothing else. . Perhaps you can explain where you feel that the article mentions using money from Eastleigh Council ...... Over to you
You are quite right it does not, I stand corrected.
So where is it coming from ?? Certainly not from Sholing with average gates down to 95 this season.
I have no problem whatsoever with VT CC getting improvements paid for as they are an amatuer club, I do however have a problem with a semi pro club receiving grants from the public purse if it was to be the case.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EarlyRiser[/bold] wrote: So where else do eastleigh council get their money from if not the tax payer[/p][/quote]AS i understand it the only thing coming from Eastleigh council is the Planning Permission .......... and nothing else. . Perhaps you can explain where you feel that the article mentions using money from Eastleigh Council ...... Over to you[/p][/quote]You are quite right it does not, I stand corrected. So where is it coming from ?? Certainly not from Sholing with average gates down to 95 this season. I have no problem whatsoever with VT CC getting improvements paid for as they are an amatuer club, I do however have a problem with a semi pro club receiving grants from the public purse if it was to be the case. EarlyRiser

11:26am Fri 4 Jan 13

Lone Ranger. says...

EarlyRiser wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
EarlyRiser wrote: So where else do eastleigh council get their money from if not the tax payer
AS i understand it the only thing coming from Eastleigh council is the Planning Permission .......... and nothing else. . Perhaps you can explain where you feel that the article mentions using money from Eastleigh Council ...... Over to you
You are quite right it does not, I stand corrected.
So where is it coming from ?? Certainly not from Sholing with average gates down to 95 this season.
I have no problem whatsoever with VT CC getting improvements paid for as they are an amatuer club, I do however have a problem with a semi pro club receiving grants from the public purse if it was to be the case.
The monies wont come from the public purse at all.
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There are many spoting organisations that will give/invest money into Community projects such as this.... Sport England is one in particular and in addition as it is community based then there is a Lottery grant available.
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Had it just been Football the the English FA have schemes.
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However with it being Community based the support is still quite immense
[quote][p][bold]EarlyRiser[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EarlyRiser[/bold] wrote: So where else do eastleigh council get their money from if not the tax payer[/p][/quote]AS i understand it the only thing coming from Eastleigh council is the Planning Permission .......... and nothing else. . Perhaps you can explain where you feel that the article mentions using money from Eastleigh Council ...... Over to you[/p][/quote]You are quite right it does not, I stand corrected. So where is it coming from ?? Certainly not from Sholing with average gates down to 95 this season. I have no problem whatsoever with VT CC getting improvements paid for as they are an amatuer club, I do however have a problem with a semi pro club receiving grants from the public purse if it was to be the case.[/p][/quote]The monies wont come from the public purse at all. . There are many spoting organisations that will give/invest money into Community projects such as this.... Sport England is one in particular and in addition as it is community based then there is a Lottery grant available. . Had it just been Football the the English FA have schemes. . However with it being Community based the support is still quite immense Lone Ranger.

2:02pm Fri 4 Jan 13

one in a million says...

Is Sholing under Eastleigh Council's auspices?
Is Sholing under Eastleigh Council's auspices? one in a million

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