£1m Grant Awarded for Brickfields Project

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Argyle Community Trust are delighted to announce the award of over £1 million in grant funding from the Community Ownership Fund, through the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, to support the ambitious plans to refurbish the newly acquired Devonport Brickfields site.

The news comes following the announcement of our ground-breaking agreement with Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Albion RFC, and Devonport Community Leisure Ltd (DCLL) to rejuvenate the site, with a focus on community health, wellbeing, and raising aspirations.

The hub sits at the heart of the city and aims to provide superb facilities to support the ambitions and needs of one of the communities the charity proudly serves, providing vital outcomes for local people, and delivering on the important aims and objects of the charity.

The exciting plans will see the redevelopment of a thriving new community hub accessible for local people. The site will give the Trust and associated partners the ability to provide members of the local community with access, support, and equipment to reduce health inequalities, promote wellbeing, and become a beacon for local community activity provision.

The wide-ranging offering will significantly exceed what is presently available for the community at Brickfields, including education and employment programmes, adult education, wellbeing support, a dedicated space for youth services, a soft play centre, new, affordable gym, and a community café.

Argyle Community Trust Chief Executive Officer Mark Lovell said: “This is an extremely exciting and historic period in the history of Argyle on and off the pitch.

“We are delighted that our proposed Community Sports Hub in Plymouth has been successful in its application to the Community Ownership Fund. Our focus is to ensure the hub becomes integral to the local community’s health and wellbeing and a focal point for everyday activities. The fund will make a significant difference to the local community and ensure a local facility remains a community asset.                                                                                       
“We are looking forward to moving the project forward.”

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