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Newark Sports Association (NSA) reacts to latest development plans from YMCA Newark and Sherwood hub

Newark Sports Association (NSA) has welcomed the latest announcements by the YMCA.

The association, which supports clubs and businesses that help develop sport in the Newark area, said the sports hub’s latest news is on track to bringing it closer to completion.

YMCA, Newark (43358256)
YMCA, Newark (43358256)

NSA is referring to the YMCA’s commitment to provide funding from the Football Foundation to enable further improvements to the stadium and pitch Newark Town Football Club’s first team uses, should it gain promotion and require upgrades.

Soon after, it was announced that the YMCA intended to secure the funding needed to make the vision of a full 750-metre cycle track a reality.

Paul Baggaley, secretary of NSA, said the progress of the Newark-based sports hub was in-line with NSA’s own objectives.

He said: “We look forward to further good news when Nottinghamshire YMCA announce the successful conclusion of their £3m bond offer and the establishment of a permanent and independent Newark and Sherwood YMCA so that surpluses can be retained to support local sport development.

“The NSA must be clear about our objectives, which is to maximise the provision and access to sport and leisure facilities locally.

“When the NSA was established we made a commitment that we would leave no-one behind and so it is the NSA’s mission to fill in the blanks. To identify what has been missed and then find the means to deliver.

“When the sports hub is finally completed it will be a fantastic facility that will be a massive benefit to the town for years to come, but it must not be the end, it must be the beginning.”

In the NSA’s annual review, it said it was crucial time for community sport and leisure.

Mr Baggaley said: “Sport England has launched and are about to conclude their consultation into sports and physical activity in England and their ten-year strategy will be published on January 26.

“DCMS have initiated their own inquiry into community sport looking at specific actions that can be taken to guarantee the future survival of the community sports’ sector.

“The House of Lords Committee are consulting on a National Plan for Sport and Recreation and are inviting the public to provide their views on how we can remove barriers to participation in sport and physical activity and facilitate more active lifestyles.

“Local parks and playing fields are key to the development of grassroots sport and Newark and Sherwood District Council have said that they will make an announcement on their review of parks, playing fields and amenity green space early in the new year.

“The Notts FA is reviewing the Local Facility Football Plan, which, for the first time identifies grassroots facilities suitable for development.

“The NSA is contributing to all of these important consultations at a time when the covid pandemic has made us all more aware of how important it is to stay fit and healthy and how closely our physical and mental wellbeing is linked to our economic success.”

The NSA has also joined and is contributing to the Inequalities in Health Alliance, which is a coalition of organisations with an interest in improving the health of the UK - a coming together to campaign for a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities.

The NSA’s annual general meeting takes place at the end of the month.

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