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History Of The TDCA

The Association was originally formed in 1978 with the principal aim of providing a village hall for Tideswell. Although there were a number of places in the village where people could meet or hold events none of them was felt to be really big enough for a place the size of Tideswell and all lacked some facilities or had restrictions.
The Association first had its eye on the Oddfellows Hall in the Market Place but unfortunately this proved to be unaffordable in competition with its value for conversion into flats. Other possibilities were explored but also without success and the Association, although still in existence as a registered charity, became moribund for nearly a decade.
Local interest in a village hall again arose in 1987 and a newly generated Association again looked for a suitable building or site. Unfortunately, once again no suitable affordable place was available so the Association turned to an alternative project which also had local support – the provision of a sports complex.
With the support of the County Council, the
Parish Council and the Church a site was put together and with funding from the National Lottery, Sport England and a host of other generous benefactors a sub committee of the Association carried out an ambitious seven year project that led to the opening in 2000 of the Sports Complex next to Bishop Pursglove School. Read More!
Since its resurrection in 1987 the Association has broadened its remit to providing support for the many voluntary not for profit clubs, societies and other organisations that provide facilities and services to Tideswell and the surrounding area. In addition the Association organises various events for the village such as the
Last Night of the Proms and the annual Bonfire and Fireworks display.
The Association is run by a committee of volunteers and relies on the support of residents to help it achieve its objectives and to support it financially.

Tideswell Sports Complex

The TDCA's crowning achievement to date was the building of the sports complex situated next to Bishop Pursglove School.

Our Greatest Challenge (So Far!)

Early in 1993, when all options had been exhausted trying to find a building or site for a village hall a public meeting was called, under the Chairmanship of Eric Simpson, to ask local resident's if there was any other project that the village would like us to undertake.

Eric and architect Brian George had toyed with some plans for a sports complex – these were welcomed by the meeting and our greatest challenge was born.

The complex was to be sited on land surrounding the school and the initial aim was to provide a level football pitch, cricket pitch, bowling green, tennis courts and netball courts. The word level came to haunt the scheme as there was virtually no level land in the area so the earth movers, stone crushers and a lot of bulldozers would be needed.

The first task was to lease the land for the site. Not an easy job as there were three land owners involved in the area that was needed. The second hoop was fund raising. This initially took the form of applications to the Foundation for Sport and the Arts, whose grant would depend on us raising 10% of what was needed, initially the costs were in excess of £300,000 – so local fund raising was under way. In this we were massively supported by many local bodies and groups without whom the 10% would have been impossible to raise

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Under the guidance of three committees, all overseen by Eric, the scheme got under way with the Duchess of Devonshire planting a tree near the school to mark the start of work.

As the scheme progressed the Foundation for Sport and the Arts was taken under the wing of Sport England (Lottery funded) and off we went with the plans for their agreement. They liked what they saw but were far more ambitious than we had been and they up graded the planned facilities to a much higher standard and, of course, a much higher cost. The final bill for the project grew to in excess of £1.4 million but we had started so we had to finish and the local fund raising moved up a few levels. We were greatly helped with fund raising by the support of our patrons – amongst these being the Duchess of Devonshire, Lord and Lady Hilton, Lord Morris of Castle Morris and Seb Coe – together with representatives from each of the sports we were catering for. Local public bodies, councils etc were also very supportive with the match funding we needed.

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Seven years and many stresses and strains later the complex was finally finished in 2000 and was opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Sir Peter Hilton with the various new clubs coming into play over the early part of the year.

We now had a good level football pitch and a junior pitch, a (nearly level) cricket pitch, two tennis courts, a bowling green, netball court and two superb pavilions with changing facilities and all mod cons. There were also areas on the complex for use by the children of Bishop Pursglove school.

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Eric Simpson

The Sports Complex had been Eric's dream and without his enthusiasm & guidance it would never have become a reality. We have Eric to thank that Tideswell has a sports facility to be truly proud of.

In memory of Eric Simpson RIP 1996

The Sports Complex Today


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