Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre opens thanks to London Marathon Charitable Trust grant
1 Mar 2018, 11:05 a.m.
The new Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre was officially opened by Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of Royal Borough of Greenwich recently, funded in part by a grant of £150,000 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT).
The Trust's mission is to help make available high-quality, accessible and affordable opportunities for sport, play and physical activity, primarily in the areas in with London Marathon Events Limited organises mass-participation sporting events. The funding goes towards facilities projects that inspire increased participation in physical activity, sport and play.
The brand new indoor sports centre at Sutcliffe Park means residents and athletes can engage in a host of sporting activities in all types of weather, encouraging a year-round commitment to active and healthy lifestyles.
Cllr Hyland was joined at the official opening in February by British weightlifter and Commonwealth Games medallist Zoe Smith, Tosin Oke, a track and field athlete who has represented both Great Britain and Nigeria in the triple jump, and LMCT trustee John Austin.
They were joined by hundreds of residents and local families who enjoyed free taster sessions on the sports centre's state of the art facilities.
Local residents using the centre for the first time were treated to a custom built BMX Skatepark and a new 'Clip and Climb' wall, while younger residents competed for medal glory in tri-athlete events on the indoor 60 metre sprint track, long jump and netted throwing cage. A brand new soft play area was also available for young families.
As part of the Royal Borough's commitment to its Olympic and Paralympic legacy, all activities and facilities at the new centre are accessible to people with disabilities.
Cllr Hyland said: "This is a magnificent building which will be an asset to every level of local sportsmen and sportswomen; from the skateboarder to the sprinter; from ordinary people looking to get a bit fitter to top athletes competing at international levels."
Triple jumper Oke, who trains on Sutcliffe Park's outdoor running track with Cambridge Harriers, said: "It's a fantastic facility for athletes and there is everything you need here to train at the highest level. I think this sports centre will help the next generation of professional athletes to come through."
Representing the Trust at the opening, trustee Austin said: "The essence of the London Marathon spirit is that it should be for the people. We need to support elite athletes but also encourage ordinary people to be active. The best way to do that is working with partners like the Royal Borough of Greenwich to encourage people to get involved in sporting activity."
Sutcliffe Park has a nature reserve which is rich in wildlife. The Friends of Sutcliffe Park were consulted on the new building, which is designed to work with its surroundings and add to the environment, including a bio diverse roof, landscaping, and planting new shrubs and trees to complement the ecological biodiversity of the park.
Since 1981, the London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling more than £68 million to over 1,200 organisations in London, South Northamptonshire, Surrey and other areas.
For more information about Sutcliffe Park please visit www.better.org.uk