Following an open market tender process undertaken in February and March 2017, East Devon District Council has chosen Football in the Community (FITC)as its preferred partner (subject to contract). FITC plans to develop a pioneering sports hub at the Warren View Sports Ground in Exmouth, which is one of a number of sports and recreation grounds owned and protected by the council in Exmouth and across the district.
Although proposals for the 10 acre (4ha) site are at an early stage, the initial plans include a modern multi-use synthetic surface pitch, as well as an education hub and other multi-sport facilities. It is hoped that, with its strong focus on learning, the initiative will open up opportunities for young people to pursue a future in sport, plus create local jobs.
FITC is also looking to involve other partners in the project and will seek to attract additional funding and grants from sport governing bodies. The first phase of this project will see FITC engage with the local community, sports clubs and current users to gain an insight into their views on the proposed future of the Warren View Sports Ground.
Councillor Darryl Nicholas, East Devon District Council’s lead councillor for sport and recreation, and ward member for Exmouth Brixington, said:
“I am delighted that we have chosen FITC as the organisation to take over the running of Warren View. This excellent sports and education charity has a proven track record in delivering first class community projects throughout the region including a number in operation over the years in Exmouth. FITC’s policy of inclusivity for all members of the community regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, physical ability, background or economic status is exactly the right fit for what the council would like to achieve with Warren View. Building the regenerated facility on an ethos of being inclusive will bring local residents together and create new opportunities for people of all abilities and ages.
“Keeping fit and active is an important part of everyone’s lives and the regenerated Warren View facility will play an important role in improving the quality of many people’s lives. It will also provide a key focal point in the region, providing good quality facilities for the benefit of local clubs, schools and colleges, and of course the general public.”
Jamie Vittles, Head of Football in the Community said:
“Although our roots are football, we are all about physical activity and education for all. Our primary mission is improving health and wellbeing for all of the communities we serve.”
“We value feedback on the project and welcome opportunities to interact with interested parties.”
Interested parties can contact FITC's Catherine White at Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org