Sidley Sports and Social Club is to be wound up and its Bexhill-on-Sea grounds are to be sold, after experiencing financial difficulties.
The sports and social club is an unincorporated association, and therefore does not fall within the definition of a company for the purposes of a company voluntary arrangement, administration or liquidation.
Jon Beard, of Begbies Traynor has been appointed liquidator by Court Order following an application to the High Court of Justice by nominated members. Stiles Harold Williams are to handle the sale of the ground.
Beard said: “We fully understand the sensitivities around Sidley Sports and Social Club so are working hard to find a solution that is acceptable to the community, whilst endeavouring to ensure the debts owed by the club are recovered.”
The site has been disused since April and Beard is hopeful that a speedy sale can be achieved in order to restore the club back to its former use in the community.
He explained: “Given the ground’s important place in the local community, we’re very hopeful that a buyer can be found who will revive the site for sports and leisure use.”
The private members’ club, which ceased trading in April this year, boasts football and cricket pitches, a pavilion, stores and workshop amongst other buildings.
The total buildings area, including pavilion, stands and stores, amounts to 6,193 sq ft. The 4.9-acre site was named Gulliver’s Sports Ground after the local farmer who sold the land in the late 1940s to the then Sidley Cricket and Football Club for £1,000.