STFC Community Foundation has secured planning permission for a covered sports facility at Foundation Park.
The news is described by the foundation as a massive step forward in strengthening its comprehensive range of football and multi-sports-based programmes.
The covered facility, to be located on the redundant bowls club site adjacent to the existing Foundation Park facility, will offer small-sided football as well as community multi sports sessions for vulnerable, disabled, young and elderly people - sessions which can currently be impacted by poor weather.
Foundation head Jon Holloway said: “This is another significant milestone for the Foundation, following on from the delivery of Foundation Park and developing our own centralised facilities.
"The chance to now re-develop the redundant bowls club represents a significant opportunity to create a fantastic additional facility, which will further enhance the beneficial work we undertake within the local and wider community.
"We believe that this facility will make a fundamental difference to the community, helping to tackle inactivity, obesity, reduce youth crime rates, whilst providing the community with a state of the art training facility, for all levels.
"Finally, we’d like to thank the wonderful support that our participants, partners and supporters have given us to help achieve this planning approval, we will now work hard to secure the required funding to complete this wonderful facility.”
The facility, according to the foundation, will further enhance its work by increasing sports participation in Swindon and the surrounding area, assisting to deliver a wealth of education, social inclusion and health benefits in which the foundation currently engages with over 30,000 people annually.