A sports club that was once part of the Sanofi Pharmaceutical Plant in Dagenham, and is now owned by Barking and Dagenham Council, has been awarded £86,000 of funding to improve its facilities.
The May and Baker Sports and Social Club, which is ran as a charitable trust under a 25-year lease, was given £28,000 from waste management specialists Biffa, plus £5,600 from Sanofi – money which will be used to create new tennis and netball courts.
A £50,000 grant from Sport England will be used to improve drainage across the club’s six football pitches. This programme is planned to take place following the 2014/2015 football season.
Work on the tennis courts will start this year and a children’s adventure trail will be installed in October, funded by a £3,000 grant from construction suppliers Cemex.
Sanofi completed a £100,000 refurbishment of the clubhouse and grounds prior to its handover, including improvements to the car park and sports fields. Under the charitable trust, further enhancements could include an artificial pitch with floodlights.
Mike Parnell, chairman of the May and Baker Sports and Social Club, said: “The perception may be that the club is for former employees of Sanofi, but that is not the case. We offer a range of sports such as squash, football, rugby and cricket, plus pool, darts and bridge.
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