Sport England give £50,000 to Overton Recreation Centre
16 Mar 2012
Dennis Rowles Steve Williams Clive Saunders GY Richard Gibbins Brian Wheeler
Dennis Rowles Steve Williams Clive Saunders GY Richard Gibbins Brian Wheeler
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GY with Overton sportsmen and women
GY with Overton sportsmen and women
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Steve Williams, chairman of Overton Recreation Centre, welcomed guests to the Berrydown Recreation Ground outside Overton, for the handover of a cheque of £50,000 from Sport England. The club has raised over £100,000 themselves, and with contributions from Basingstoke & Deane, Overton Parish Council and others, they are now able to build a new pavilion, to be called the Ken Hogan Pavilion, in honour of the late Ken Hogan.

Sir George handed over the cheque together with four trustees, Dennis Rowles, Steve Williams, Richard Gibbins and Brian Wheeler, alongside Clive Sanders, leader of Basingstoke & Deane Council, who have donated £68,000.

Before the presentation, sportsmen and women from ORC gave exhibitions of some of the sports that are played in the village.

Sir George spoke and complimented all the huge individual efforts that have gone in to raising and contributing to the funds. He mentioned the borough and parish councils, the Football Foundation and Sport England, who had donated proceeds from the National Lottery towards the project. "This project has been some 10 years in gestation, and I pay tribute to all involved."

Sir George also paid tribute to Richard Gibbins, who had made the land available, and to Colin Parker, the late ORC general manager and Ken Hogan.

The Sport England Fund came from the National Lottery, via the Inspired Facilities Fund of £17.4m. 350 local community sports groups will benefit from this, helping clubs to provide better facilities.
 
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