A THRIVING sports club in North Molton has been allocated funds towards exciting plans to extend the sports hall and provide new changing facilities. North Devon Council has awarded North Molton Sports and Community Centre (NMSCC) a grant for £64,000 towa

A THRIVING sports club in North Molton has been allocated funds towards exciting plans to extend the sports hall and provide new changing facilities.North Devon Council has awarded North Molton Sports and Community Centre (NMSCC) a grant for £64,000 towards building new changing rooms. Full planning permission has now been granted and the £175,000 project is about to begin.The centre is a fantastic community resource, but the very old mobile toilet block and basic changing facilities have been in need of replacement for some time. Plans for the centre include home and away changing rooms with hot showers, a referee changing room and disabled facilities. The club has already raised more than £70,000 towards the cost of the project and the remaining funds are being gathered through further fundraising activities involving the whole community. Gareth Clark, NMSCC project leader, said: "The council funding is fantastic news for the club and the local community. The committee expresses its thanks to North Devon Council and to our local councillor, Richard Edgell, who has provided much support for the project. "The committee is now moving ahead with building works which it is hoped will start early in the new year."Local Ward Member, Cllr Edgell said: "The thriving sports and community club at North Molton has been created by sustained local effort over nearly 25 years and this support from North Devon Council towards much needed fundamental facilities is helpful."NMSCC is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club and has FA Charter status. Its facilities are used by a broad cross section of the community including the local school and community organisations, as well as people from many surrounding parishes. Sports provided include football, cricket, archery, netball, badminton and tennis.In the past year funding has also been secured from the Football Foundation towards the cost of floodlights for the new football pitch, which have now been installed. The extension and new changing facilities will complete the current improvements needed and make the club fit for the 21st Century.