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    Burton Manor Sports Association opens its doors once again



    Colin Gallow

    Members of the Burton Manor Sports Association celebrated the opening of their new clubhouse in a day given over to a multitude of activities. In December 2008 the clubhouse was destroyed in an arson attack that left the once busy club in a precarious position. However, showing real club spirit, the members pulled together and a makeshift bar was set up on the balcony of the squash and badminton hall. A consortium of members in the building trade got together and began the process of rebuilding the bar and lounge.

    Finally, after well over a year of hard work, the club’s president Eddie Bowers cut the ribbon and formally opened the new clubhouse. "It is a fantastic new building" said Stuart Mace, the club’s general secretary. "So much effort has gone on behind the scenes to get to this stage and now we can look forward to enjoying the benefits of all our hard work".

    The opening day was far from typical. Yes, there was a BBQ, music and a formal cutting of the ribbon - but members wanted it to be a day of activities. Throughout the day there were games of squash, badminton and racketball. Children and adults were seen involved in competitive games of boules. Tennis courts and snooker tables were in constant use, with the day ending in a titanic bowls challenge.

    "This is why a club like ours is so important" said Eddie Bowers as he sampled one of the many beers available in the crowded new clubhouse, "it provides a safe environment for people of all ages to get together to enjoy sport and each other’s company".