Watch the Lord–Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, cut the ribbon to open a new community building at Swindon Supermarine.
The formal opening can be viewed in the video below.
The new purpose-built £85,000 community facility on the site of the former changing rooms at The Webbs Wood Stadium, home of Swindon Supermarine, was formally opened on Friday, writes Nick Taylor.
This heralds the first actions of the recently formed charitable trust, the Swindon Supermarine Sports & Educational Trust.
The formal ribbon cutting was performed by the Lord–Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, in front of an array of local dignitaries, including Swindon MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland, along with the local media.
Before the opening ceremony, visitors were given a tour of the impressive off-pitch facilities, conducted by Trust Chairman Alan Fletcher, including the futuristic ‘Swindome’ and recently built changing rooms block.
Building work began back in November of last year with the demolition of the old changing rooms, with local company The Hills Group providing the project with a £50,000 boost, the funding being made available through the Landfill Communities Fund.
As well as programmes being offered by the Swindon Supermarine Sports And Educational Trust, the building will also be available for the community to use for at least 150 days a year with the club planning to make use of its extensive facilities to host a wide range of community activities aimed at tackling health, education and social needs for the Swindon and Wiltshire areas.
Representatives from Hills Waste Solutions, including Mike Hill, Group Director were in attendance along with representatives from Bevirs Solicitors who have agreed to become the first lead sponsor of the trust and its community building by providing £12,000.
The building is expected to be in full operational use by June 2017.