Work will be starting very soon to construct a brand new multi-use games area (MUGA) in Mundesley.

The MUGA is the final phase of a four part development project, led by Mundesley Youth and Community (MYC), which has turned a piece of disused land, owned by Mundesley Parish Council, into a community hub for residents and visitors. The first three phases of the project have already been successfully completed, providing a children’s play area, skate park and outdoor gym.

North Norfolk District Council’s (NNDC) Big Society Fund panel awarded £45,000 towards the project in March 2013, and in April 2014 MYC announced that they had successfully raised the full £121,650 cost. In addition to the Big Society Fund award, other funding bodies include Sport England Inspired Facility Fund (£50,000), Victory Housing Trust (£5,000), Mundesley Golf Club (£2,000), Geoffrey Watling Charity (£2,000), Shell UK – Bacton Gas Site (£2,000), North Norfolk Youth Advisory Board (£500), Norwich City Football Club Fans Community Cash Back (£500), Tesco (£500) and a staggering £14,150 has been raised by Mundesley Youth and Community through local fundraising.

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Jackie Thornton, Committee Member for MYC, said: “We have gained so much fantastic support from people who have provided grant funding, donated to the project or have volunteered their time to make this project happen and we are so grateful.

“This project is all about partnerships working with Mundesley Parish Council to provide the best facilities for local residents and visitors. We are sure the MUGA will get so much use that it will be huge asset to the village”.

Christopher West, Chairman of Mundesley Parish Council, said: “We have been working closely with Mundesley Youth and Community since 2009 to develop facilities that improve our village and make it a great place to live. Together we have achieved so much and we will ensure that the MUGA is as successful as the play area, skatepark and outdoor gym.”

Wyndham Northam, NNDC Cabinet Member said: “Big Society Fund awards are granted to enable local communities to take greater ownership for their immediate area and am delighted to see that in action in Mundesley.

“The development of the MUGA is a wonderful example of a community coming together and working closely with other groups for the benefit of local people.  The transformation of the disused land has been remarkable, and as a great addition to the children’s play area, the skatepark and the outdoor gym, the MUGA will be a wonderful community asset for everyone to enjoy.”

It is anticipated that the MUGA will open in mid-October.

For more information on how to book or use the new MUGA facility, please see the MUGA section on the web site.