Story added: 26th March 2021
New main building and outdoor challenge woods among additions to the site
In recent weeks, construction at the Community Sports Foundation’s hub The Nest has been completed, with the facility poised to open its doors once restrictions are eased.
The £4.6 million pound phase of development has seen the construction of a new main building and the installation of a new full-size floodlit 3G pitch and ‘challenge woods’ outdoor activity area, adding to the facilities that were renovated and reopened in September 2018.
A major fundraising campaign, and support from funders such as the Premier League & FA Facilities Fund, Norfolk County Council, the Greater Norwich Growth Board, and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership helped the Foundation towards its target of £4.6 million.
The campaign received a boost in 2019, when Norwich City Football Club pledged £500,000 of match-funding to help raise the final £1 million.
Work was therefore able to begin in 2020 and despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the site has now been handed over to the Foundation by the construction team.
Among the features of the new main building are two multi-use spaces that may serve as classrooms or studios, or be combined to form an event, meeting, or conference space thanks to the integrated audio/visual equipment.
The Foundation has partnered with local fitness providers who will deliver sessions in the studios, while there is also a physio room that will be used to provide care and services for adults and children.