In 2013/4 a new Community Pavilion and Sports Hall on the Victory Ground was constructed to replace the old building which had stood for around 90 years.
This ground breaking Public/Private partnership involved St Edmundsbury Borough Council, South Lee School, Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club and Sporting 87 Football Club.
The Victory Ground is now owned and run by the Victory Sports Ground Community Interest Company (CIC) made up of representatives of Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club, South Lee School, Sporting 87 Football Club with an independent chairman Grounds and Finance Director.
This structure will ensure that the Victory Ground is maintained as a high class sports venue in the long term.
The new facilities built by Barnes Construction in 2013/4 cost in excess of £2.2 million the main contributors being South Lee School, The England and Wales Cricket Board, Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club, Sporting 87 Football Club St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council.
More than 106 organisations, companies and individuals supported the project.
The new facilities include a state of the art sports hall which is operated by South Lee School, the sports hall is used by the school during the school day but made available for community use at all other times. The sports hall is available for a wide range of sports and includes 4 high quality indoor cricket nets which are used by Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club to practice and coach young players.
Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club has a long term lease for the Community Pavilion which operates as a 'village hall' the facility is operated by a community management group with representives from the local community and users. For more information about the Pavilion and hire please visit Venue Hire.
The sports facilities are regarded amongst the best in East Anglia they include 10 changing rooms all with underfloor heating, referee and umpire rooms of the highest standard. The new facility meets the highest standard for disability facilities and access and a lift is available in the sports hall to reach the viewing balcony and upstairs studio.
The Community Pavilion is run for charitable purposes by its own Governance Group and is available for hire throughout the year. The facility is booked by the East Anglian Air Ambulance some 18 times in 2016. In addition a wide range of public bodies, charities, local organisations and individuals hire the pavilion for social and business functions.
The cricket club has come a very long way in the last few years, it involved a complicated and lengthy partnership agreement to bring all aspects of the project together. Although this has taken some 9 years and £2.2 million of fundraising to make possible the area now has a fantastic community facility providing not only for sport but also a venue for charities and local residents to use and meet the needs of the community.