Staff at a sports club have been bowled over after a cash grant helped secure a refurbishment.
Collingwood Bowling Club, in North Shields, received £14,318 from SITA Trust for the installation of an automatic sprinkler irrigation system.
The funding has enabled the club to help ‘Bring Heaton Terrace Bowling Park Back to Life’ after five years of being unused and neglected.
The club also secured grants from Big Lottery’s Awards 4 All programme, the Give2 North Tyneside Fund, the Community Foundation, Sir James Knott Trust and the R W Mann Trust.
Officials have been able to purchase equipment and maintenance products needed for the restoration of the grass playing surface, the pavilion and the surrounding areas.
Alan Hall, of Collingwood Bowling Club, said: “The funding awarded by SITA Trust will fully finance the installation of the sprinkler system.”
“This is a vital part of the overall project and will ensure that we can effectively and efficiently water the green to assist in eventually achieving a high standard playing surface.
“Our aim is to become a top quality bowling club which will offer the local community an opportunity to take part in a healthy and social sport that is open to everyone of all ages.
“This funding will certainly play a big part in helping us achieve that aim.
“We are also incredibly grateful to North Tyneside VODA for the advice and guidance we’ve received throughout the funding process.
“They helped us update our constitution, devise a funding strategy and put together the applications, all of which has been an invaluable help.”
Marianne Ivin, of SITA Trust, added: “This is great story of independence and we are happy to be able to help the club continue with their vision and to aid the continuation of what they have achieved so far in a short space of time.”
Su Legg, senior philanthropy advisor at the Community Foundation, said: “Collingwood Bowling Club is a thriving hub of community activity and we’re thrilled to be able to support the group through numerous funds here at the Community Foundation.
“The passion of members in renovating the Heaton Terrace Bowling Club is infectious and combined with the restoration; this will really make a difference in helping to attract new members to take part in a social sport for all generations which has many health benefits.”