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Reconstruction work begins on fire damaged building at Claydon Pavillion

After falling victim to an arson attack back in 2019, engulfed the roof of the Claydon Pavilion, as well as damaging the changing rooms and other facilities, contractors begin the reconstruction work today to restore the spoiled building back to its original glory.

Where Claydon Pavilion is situated is known locally as Southtown Common; an open park space owned Great Yarmouth Borough Council and dedicated as a "Field in Trust". The space includes a child's play park area, trim trial, MUGA and skate park.

Following the careless attack on the community building, Great Yarmouth Borough Council worked with Shrublands FC, the Claydon Pavilion Community Association and other key partners who were essential in securing the funding from the Premier League, The FA, and Government via the Foundation.

The funding will allow the club to grow and attract more female, adult, and youth players as well as benefiting both the wider football community and local residents, being the only community centre in the area.

Andy Grant, chairman of the council's Housing and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: "The Claydon Pavillion is an important community asset for the residents of Great Yarmouth, which has been sorely missed by the residents and youth clubs since the arson attack happened.

"Thanks to the funding secured, the football club and the wider community will soon have a new and improved open space, which the entire community can enjoy."

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: "It is great news for Great Yarmouth that works have begun at Claydon Pavilion.

"This is the latest example of investment from our partners, the Premier League, The FA, Government and Sport England, improving grassroots facilities across the country. This funding is enabling more people to enjoy the benefits of playing regular sport."

Last modified on 07 December 2023

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