Scatcherd Park Bowling Club will be seeing the New Year in with the happy news that it has secured £47,000 of funding for renovations.
The Morley club has faced a four year struggle for funding until a grant from Sport England was awarded to repair the run down clubhouse that has stood for over a century.
The endorsement of Morley MP Ed Balls was part of the publicity needed to win the grant .
The clubhouse serves 50 members who play socially, as well as teams that bowl in nine different leagues during the week, one of which last year completed a league and cup double.
Peter Wainman, club secretary, said he believed that the improvements could make a huge difference to the club and community.
He said: “At the moment we’ve got a building that’s falling down with mould, rot and woodworm and hopefully after two or three months we’ll have somewhere to live that’s decent.People have walked to the club and seen the state it’s in and virtually turned round because of that, but we’ve got one of the best greens in Yorkshire.”
The listed building will have a complete refurbishment involving a new roof, replacing decaying floors, a new kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Peter said: “The ideal thing for us would be to encourage schools to come down and have a go and the improved facilities will improve that part of it. We’d love to get more kids involved and we’ve got the facilities to teach them how to bowl if we could get them down they’d be very welcome.”
Leeds City Council’s Sport Development Unit was crucial in securing the £37,000 of Sport England funding, and putting in a further £10,000 of council money.
After the club house makeover Scatcherd Park Bowls Club is looking for sponorship for equipment to allow more people to play the sport.