Albert Road Recreation Ground in Haringey, London won the prestigious Getting Active on a Queen Elizabeth II Award at the inaugural Fields in Trust Awards Ceremony hosted by John Inverdale at Lords Cricket Ground on 29th November 2012.
The Awards celebrated the fantastic achievements of the charity’s programme The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge by Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge.
Albert Road Recreation Ground fought off fierce competition from fellow shortlisted sites Queen Elizabeth Park View Playing Fields in Lytham and Lordship Recreation Ground in Tottenham in Staffordshire and was selected by a judging panel including representatives from Asda, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, SITA Trust, Sport England and the Guardian.
Fields in Trust’s Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is an initiative to mark the great events of 2012: HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It aims to protect 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces in perpetuity as a permanent, grassroots legacy in communities across the UK and has been generously supported by Asda and the Asda Foundation.
The Getting Active on a Queen Elizabeth II Field Award, supported by Sport England, was given to reward a QEII Field showing a marked increase in participation in outdoor activity. Albert Road Recreation Ground has been transformed by activities planned to include as much of the diverse local community as possible. From toddler tennis to Aussie Rules football, award winning basketball courts and an annual family sports day the site offers an outstanding range of sports.
Albert Road Recreation Ground was also shortlisted for the Most Loved QEII Field showing the commitment of the local community to this well used facility.
Alison Moore-Gwyn, Chief Executive of Fields in Trust, said: ‘We congratulate The Pavilion Sports and Cafe, the Friends of Albert Road Recreation Ground and the selfless local volunteers who have wrought a transformation in the activities on The Queen Elizabeth II Field at Albert Road in the past year, not just through tennis and football, its core activities, but also through the events that have brought the people of all ages in the community together morning, noon and (with the floodlighting) night. This is a wonderful template for other sites in London to emulate”
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This is a fitting accolade for the dedicated people, many of them volunteers, who have brought the community together around sport on The Queen Elizabeth II Field at Albert Road. The combination of inspirational people and great places to play sport are vital as we work together to get more people enjoying sport.”
Awards were also given in other categories including Landowner of the Year, Best Have a Field, Most Loved QEII Field, QEII Community Champion and Most Improved QEII Field.
Photos of the evening
Paralympian Andy Barrow presenting the Getting Active award to Anthony Healey and Robby Sukhdeo from Albert Road Recreation Ground
Andy Barrow presenting the Getting Active award to Albert Road Recreation Ground - Gianluca Lolacoco, Anthony Healey, Neil Armstrong and Robby Sukhdeo