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Wyberton changing rooms opening

A couple of wooden huts and a tin shed have been replaced with state-of-the-art £333,000 changing facilities at Wyberton playing fields.

At the opening of Wyberton playing fields' new changing rooms, from left: Paul Skinner (Wyberton's county councillor during the project period and project team member), Paul Spencer (project chairman), Lynda van den Berg (playing fields association chairman), Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds, Minister  for Sport Hugh Robertson MP, Mel Scrupps (project team member) and WREN regional panel member and leader of Boston Borough Council Cllr Peter Bedford.

On Thursday Minister of Sport Hugh Robertson MP officially declared the new buildings open.

They run the entire length of the football pitches and include four changing rooms, two referee rooms, storage and social areas. They are adapted for use by people with disabilities.

Funding for the ambitious project came from the Football Foundation which gave half the cost, WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited) which donated £75,000, Sport England which awarded £50,000 and a host of local organisations, from Wyberton Playing Fields Association to the Over-60s Club.

Lynda van den Berg, chairman of the playing field association, and project chairman Paul Spencer said it had been an ongoing project for a number of years and thanked all who had been involved.

Mr Spencer hinted at further development and expansion of the site and a mission to involve many more organisations and young people in its future. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Wyberton Football Club.

Mr Robertson said: "This passes my test when people don't just say that's done. This is stage one and you are going to take this a whole lot further."

He said Wyberton had a "fantastic" football club and projects like this worked best with local involvement and support.

Mr Spencer said the pitches were the best used in the county.

At the opening of Wyberton playing fields' new changing rooms, from left: Paul Skinner (Wyberton's county councillor during the project period and project team member), Paul Spencer (project chairman), Lynda van den Berg (playing fields association chairman), Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds, Minister  for Sport Hugh Robertson MP, Mel Scrupps (project team member) and WREN regional panel member and leader of Boston Borough Council Cllr Peter Bedford.