Sidley Sports and Social Club is being wound up with the site going up for sale.
Hopes have been expressed the historic club will remain a community asset.
The ground of Sidley Sports and Social Club, home to Sidley United Football Club and Sidley Cricket Club for decades, is to be sold after it ran into financial difficulties earlier this year and ceased trading in April. Also known as Gullivers, apart from football and cricket pitches, it has a pavilion, stores, workshop and other buildings.
National Insolvency and business recovery specialists Begbies Traynor was appointed to wind up the club and estate agents Stiles Harold Williams are to handle the sale of the ground.
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.
The winding up is being handled by Jon Beard, of Begbies Traynor’s Brighton office, the appointed liquidator.
Recognising the site is seen as a community asset, Mr Beard is listening to local concerns and hopes a buyer can be found who will retain a significant portion of the ground for sports and community use.
Mr 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.”
He added: “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 total area 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.
In its heyday, the club was the first locally to host the full Sussex County team for testimonial matches.