Construction work has begun on Leverhulme playing fields for delivery of a new sports pavilion, but the clubs behind it still need more money to pay for the project.

The new highly-anticipated facility is a joint initiative between Port Sunlight Cricket and Rugby clubs.

The £500,000 clubhouse is factory-ready, waiting to be delivered to the site once foundations are completed.

Both clubs have raised £75,000 each and have been supported in their funding by a grant and small loan from the English Cricket Board (ECB) and a Sports England award as well as other local fundraising activities.

But the project team are still £12,000 short of the funds required to cover the total cost of the build and its installation.

Port Sunlight Cricket Club committee member Wayne Greve said: "I know it's not the best of times, but if anyone wants to buy a brick or advertise their business, please let me know.

"Other fundraising ideas are welcomed as well."

The new pavilion will have four changing rooms with separate shower rooms, umpire’s changing room, a 120m2 function suite with bar, large equipment storage room and separate toilet facilities.

As well as cricket and rugby, the new community hub will be utilised by Port Sunlight Cricket Club’s associated veteran’s football team and will be available to hire by other community organisations.

Businesses or individuals interested in supporting the clubs to reach their fundraising goal and complete the project should email