Phoenix Gym given £450k funding boost from Sport England

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Grace Witherden

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Phoenix Gymnastics Club said it is thrilled after receiving an investment of £450,000 from Sport England.

The club, off the Windsor Road in Water Oakley, was granted planning permission for a new purpose-built gym in Fifield in April.

The gym, which needs to raise more than £1.6m for the new building, was awarded £450,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s improvement fund.

Lynn Bushell, centre director at the gym, said: “We are thrilled to have secured the investment from Sport England which means Phoenix will be able to continue the years of service to the community. This award is such a huge boost for the members and the staff working hard to realise this project.

“The new facility will allow us to offer a wider range of disciplines including tumbling, boys’ recreational classes and adult classes.”

Phoenix has also raised a further £450,000 through private funding and fundraising and hopes that building work will begin before the end of the year.

The controversial planning application for a new gym on land north of Longlea nursing home received criticism from Fifield residents over concerns that the site was prone to flooding.

The gym was granted planning permission subject to conditions, one of which included a sustainable drainage solution being approved by the Royal Borough, which was submitted in August.

Fresh concerns were raised at Bray Parish Council on Monday over the drainage system and Cllr Simon Dudley, a Bray parish councillor, and leader of the Royal Borough,

revealed that the gym had approached the council for a ‘significant sum of money’.

He said: “The most pressing thing is where we stand on satisfying the flooding condition.

“If they are not capable of being able to satisfy that we won’t consider the funding request.”

A decision is expected to be made on the drainage system by Thursday, October 6.

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