Residents of Kingston can now try outdoor table tennis thanks to a funding grant given to Dickerage Sports and Community Centre and Park from national charity Fields In Trust.
The existing indoor tennis facilities were suffering from table tennis traffic jams, so after consultation with young people and residents the Centre applied to Fields in Trust’s London Legacy Fund. With budding young stars of the future already taking part the new facilities will inspire even more people to get active.
"All the staff at Dickerage Sports and Community Centre and Park think this is a great opportunity for all age groups to participate in the great outdoor sport of table tennis! We would like to thank everyone involved in Fields in Trust and the London Marathon Charitable Trust who made this possible" Steve Hunt, Centre Manager.
Thanks to the support of the London Marathon Charitable Trust and the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Fields in Trust are working to protect and improve sites across London with a £1million legacy fund. So far £434,000 has been allocated to projects across the capital, ranging from sports pitch improvements, children’s playgrounds and activity programmes. London landowners are encouraged to put their outdoor recreational spaces forward for permanent protection through the Challenge to unlock access to their exclusive legacy fund.
Through the QEII Fields Challenge Dickerage Sports Centre and Park owned by the Royal Borough of Kingston is now safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.
“I am delighted to see the first completed project as a result of our partnership with the London Marathon Charitable Trust. Fields in Trust are really pleased to be working with the team at Dickerage Sports Centre and Park to engage more young people in a range of outdoor activities and help to create a grassroots community sport legacy,” Helen Griffiths, CEO Fields in Trust.
John Bryant chairman of The London Marathon Charitable Trust said: “This is a really great example of a sporting community centre offering opportunities to young and old. We are really proud that the London Marathonhas offered past grants to help install a tennis court, a cricket wicket and golf enclosure. After all the excitement of last year’s Olympics, this is where sport really begins – with young people and volunteers.”
Development Manager, Sian Williams of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said: “The Royal Foundation is delighted to be working with the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Fields in Trust to protect recreational spaces and provide facilities for young people in communities across London.”
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Notes to editors:
• Further details on Fields in Trust at: www.fieldsintrust.org
• 1580 sites have been nominated for protection through the Challenge across the UK; 70 across London.
• More information on the London Legacy Fund at: http://www.fieldsintrust.org/londonlegacy.aspx
• 44 grants have been awarded £434,000 so far across London
• The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge aims to protect outdoor recreational spaces by the end of 2012 to build a legacy from the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games.
• The Duke of Cambridge is Patron of the Challenge.
• The Challenge builds on the work that Fields in Trust has done so far. Established in 1925 as the National Playing Fields Association, Fields in Trust works to improve the protection, provision and quality of outdoor recreational spaces for all communities in the UK.