Support for sport in Selsey

SPORTING success should be supported in a town’s emerging neighbourhood plan, according to a fundraising group.

As part of its emerging plan, Selsey is seeking opinion on whether there are enough sporting facilities in the town.

In its July report, Sports Dream – a project to build a new clubhouse for the football and cricket clubs as well as a community facility – says existing teams and facilities should be supported.

The report lists grounds already available for use in the town, including The Academy Selsey rugby ground, Bunn Leisure and the football ground.

There is also the possibility of Seal Primary School’s fields being used for football and cricket if a community toilet can be built – something West Sussex County Council is currently preparing a report on.

“The key issue is maintaining such grounds to good quality and resources to do this at present, in terms of machinery and human resources, are just about adequate,” said the report.

“On balance, we do not think a new space is needed.

“Rather, we would like to see any money available put into improving present clubhouse and ground facilities.

“In recent years, both football and cricket clubs have made enormous strides in improving their quality in terms of numbers, diversity and resources.

“Help in their clubhouse project is desirable.”

Grants

The report also outlines all the support sporting endeavours in the town are getting.

Grants worth a total of £2,300 were awarded to the town from West Sussex County Council’s health and wellbeing grants, including £500 for Sports Dream and £1,000 for Youth Dream.

Other grants include £300 from Affinity Sutton Housing Association and £500 for Youth Dream for its work at the East Beach skatepark and BMX track. Selsey Town Council awarded £200 for Selsey Football Club, Selsey Seals Football Club and Sports Dream and £100 to Selsey Cricket Club and Selsey Triathlon Club.

Seals Football Club also recently celebrated winning a Premier League Kit Award for its girls’ team and plans are being discussed to buy printing facilities for shirts so the club can do it inhouse.

There are also a host of plans in the pipeline to give sport an even greater boost in the town.

A recent conference at Chichester University discussed ways in which clubs could work together to increase participation in football.

One suggestion was for Chichester College to place students in coaching placements at local clubs.