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GROUND was launched on a new indoor sports facility for the city.

The Swindon Town FC Community Foundation is expanding its facilities in the shadow of the County Ground.

This will enable Foundation Park – run by the Swindon Town Community Branch – to provide the most vulnerable groups with opportunities to enjoy sports and activities throughout the year.

Money left behind by lifelong Town fan Nigel Eady helped fund the £2.4million community facility, which opened in January 2020.

Farmer Nigel, who owned estates in Hanney, is said to have left around £2million to be used for the long-term benefit of the club and community.

In a ceremony this month, John Carter and Gary Herbert, executors of the Nigel Eady Trust, put the first shovels into the ground before the site was prepared.

They were joined by a number of other project partners such as the South Swindon Parish Council and the Foundation’s Staying Connected programme.

Foundation Chief Jon Holloway said, “Foundation Park is at the heart of everything we do in our community, and making this new indoor facility available will help us connect with even more people at home. Swindon. Now we can’t wait for the construction to start and the facility to start taking shape.