A number of like-minded Villagers in Cornworthy have been meeting regularly since September 2019 to consider the formation of a club to expand sports facilities available in the village. Their objectives have been defined both in terms of physical fitness and socialisation. An 11-person committee has been formed to pursue these matters.
51 people (half male, half female), sent in returns to a canvass of local opinion. Most requested facilities (taken that there is already a football pitch in situ) were a tennis court, followed by a Petanque/Boule pitch. These were followed by support for a netball court and a cricket net. The committee concluded that there was sufficient support for the Committee to study the provision of a tennis court (with if possible a netball court superimposed on this surface) and a Petanque court,relatively inexpensive. Both to be placed behind the goal of the western end of the football pitch, which would require abbreviation, still leaving it within the bounds of a full-size pitch.
We noted that Totnes Community Tennis Club has very recently resurfaced its tennis courts, and consequently we had a meeting at which Totnes kindly gave us a paper summarising their deliberations and their conclusions. The surface chosen is an artificial turf 13 mm monofilament twisted pile polyethylene. Totnes Club have offered us the opportunity to play on the re-laid courts. They emphasise that their club players are very satisfied with all aspects of this surface. Meanwhile, we shall soon seek estimates of costs of construction, as a preliminary to researching fund-raising (we have at this stage two schemes in mind).
The construction of a Petanque court (4 meters by 15 meters) is relatively simple and inexpensive, the essentials being available on Google; and we are seeking advice and experience from a local resident who has laid down such a court.
Meanwhile, several committee members have worked on the administration of setting up of a registered charity with the title of “Cornworthy Sports”. The many details are being currently studied.
It is the Committee’s intention that use of the facilities will be open to residents of the three Parishes, Cornworthy, Ashprington and Dittisham. We shall keep residents up to date on progress on the Web-sites of the three Prishes.