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Plans put forward for new squash court in Sedgefield
A SQUASH club that has seen membership soar in recent years is seeking permission for a new court.
Sedgefield Squash Club hopes to build a third court at its clubhouse at Ceddesfeld Hall in Sedgefield in County Durham to cater for growing demand.
The plans, which have been submitted to Durham County Council, propose extending the existing clubhouse into the trees so as not to spoil the appearance of Ceddesfeld’s listed gardens.
As well as the new court, the extension will house shower and changing facilities.
Sedgefield Squash Club, which has more than 160 members, has already embarked on a fundraising campaign for the court and has raised around half of the £180,000 needed.
Last month, the campaign received a major boost when the club was awarded £50,000 from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.
However, a recent grant application for £20,000 fell through and the club is appealing to other donors and organisations for support.
Chairman Mick Carr said the club’s existing courts were stretched to the limit, adding: "The extra court will help us to meet the demand and also introduce new coaching sessions to encourage more children to take up sport.”
The public has until September 26 to comment on the application at durham.gov.uk/planning
Anyone who would like to make a donation or find out more about Sedgefield Squash Club’s appeal should contact Chris Rowsby, club secretary, on 01740-621125 or email@example.com
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