BY SHUJAUL AZAM
It’s finally up and running. The Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre for Greenwich has opened its doors, and everyone is invited.
The centre promises to provide a wide range of opportunities for sports participation for all, from absolute beginner up to those performing at the highest competitive level.
It will mean residents can engage in a host of sporting activities in all types of weather, encouraging a year-round commitment to active and healthy lifestyles.
Its first-class facilities include:
- A six lane, 60-metre sprint track plus run off
- Full jumps provision (long, triple and high jump)
- An indoor throwing cage and netting accommodating for discus, hammer and shot put
- Conditioning training weights area specifically tailored to athletics participants
- Indoor BMX/skatepark
- An indoor ‘clip and climb’ climbing hall with different climbing ability levels
- Indoor space to be used by schools or groups to train and learn in
- An outdoor covered area to support learning in the park nature reserve.
All activities and facilities at the new centre are available for people with disabilities, something that the Royal Borough committed to as part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy.
This includes using the new indoor track, throwing cage and conditioning room for training.
There is the café as well as an outside eating area, outside children’s play area and new toilets for park users – facilities the local community has been requesting for some time.
Councillor Denise Hyland, leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: “I am delighted that the new Sutcliffe Park Sport Centre is now open.
“I am sure GLL, which runs the centre, will do a superb job of creating a busy and thriving facility providing exciting and varied sports for young people and adults to enjoy.”
Councillor Danny Thorpe, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, said: “Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre represents a major regeneration of sports and leisure facilities for the south of borough, and is a key plank of our regeneration and priority programme.”
Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-Being, said: “This is the perfect start for the new year and great news for residents and all would be athletes across the borough.
“A big thank you to the London Marathon Charitable Trust for supporting this project, which we hope will help inspire the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic stars in Royal Greenwich.”
Sutcliffe Park has a nature reserve which is rich in wildlife. The new building is designed to work with its surroundings and add to the environment. This includes bio diverse roof, landscaping and planting new shrubs and trees to complement the ecological biodiversity of the park.
Hedging screens the car park and a new pond has been created on the north side of the building to assist with controlling potential flood risk.