What We Do

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A Snapshot

We currently manage seven playing fields providing a total of 15 cricket squares, 60 football, 4 rugby and two artificial turf pitches which cater for schools, clubs and disadvantaged and historically inactive groups.

We modernise, market and maintain our facilities with the aim of widening, increasing and sustaining sports participation. Guided by sports development principles, we are committed to providing schools, clubs and community groups with somewhere to play and practise and to providing training courses for coaches and volunteers.

We have four key audiences:

  • Schools where a love for sport begins
  • Clubs where the association with sport continues
  • Disadvantaged groups that, for a variety of reasons, cannot get access to mainstream sporting opportunities
  • Inactive people who are at risk of developing preventable life threatening diseases because of their sedentary lifestyle

We compile a continually updated Fields at Risk Register which acts as an early warning system for endangered sports grounds and includes support for those community groups wishing to restore them to full use.

We work with the Greater London Authority, local authorities, Sport England and National Governing Sports Bodies in providing a strategic response to playing fields protection and investment. Whilst we cannot change the past and reclaim lost playing fields we can influence their future and ensure community playing fields are better used by local people. We therefore support our partners across London to stimulate demand and address barriers to participation such as accessibility, cost, quality, transport and lack of joined up thinking.

Our work fully recognises the role that sport can play in improving health and well being, bringing communities together, reducing anti-social behaviour and raising employment and educational aspirations.