We are lucky. This is a great school full of fantastic students who love coming here. We want to share that enjoyment with local residents who are in need of flexible leisure facilities on their doorstep, especially potential user groups from our nearby estate who do not engage in sport. To do this, the changing rooms needs updating from the tired, leaking, 1980s municipal monstrosities we currently have to something more inclusive with wider access, no leaks and even toilet cubicles with toilets and walls.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Grey Court School is on the outskirts of London. We are lucky to have Richmond Park on our doorstep for people to enjoy. However, there are simply not enough decent sports facilities to meet demand. The local cricket club plays on the green but has no local all terrain wickets to train. Inclusive cricket is something that would work particularly well int this area. two football clubs have approached the school wanting regular space. One local rugby club also uses the school for minis training on a Sunday. We would love to be able to to give these users aged 5-75 the ability to get changed in private, have a shower if needed and play badminton in a gym where the surface hasn't worn out. Grey Court school is working hard to raise money on its own to put a Multi-activity suite into the school so people can have personal training sessions or gym sessions. There is demand and we expect non school users to rise to approx 1,000 per year within 2 years of completing this.
Steps to get it done:
This project is the first part of a 3-part renovation of the Grey Court sports facilities. It will enable us to establish community sport here at the school and allow burgeoning groups to flourish. Completing Phase 1 will enable us to open up to the community. The site will be become available 4 evenings each week and at weekends so that we can offer local residents space to learn, to exercise, to have fun and to meet in a clean, safe, welcoming environment.
We will work with referral agencies, health groups, Youth Centres and resident forums to encourage wider take-up of exercise among low take-up groups
Two more phases will follow.
Phase 2 is in planning: a double height sports Pavilion with dogo and 1st floor studio built onto the gym & changing area that will complete the internal sports & recreation space. Phase 3 will then come on stream, which will be the transformation of tired tarmac netball courts into Multi Use Games Area.
We are seeking funding only for phase 1.
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Parents, former students, current students, sports teams, quiz winners etc can all donate money to get their name engraved on a leaf. Bronze silver and gold leaves available for sums between £75 and £500 each. Stags for £1,000 and donor plaques for larger sums. All designed to recognise contributions made to the school. So far, 20 leaves engraved on the tree. Will you donate for the first stag?
here is the outdoor space that our students and our neighbours can benefit from. So, if you are a member of Ham & Petersham Tennis, Ham & Petersham cricket club, Kingston Town Football club, Richmond Park football club or London Welsh RFC youth division, we look forward to welcoming you here. Let's get out indoor spaces fit to host so many active locals
New cricket mats have arrived today that boost our sporting facilities and help all our students, Ham & Petersham cricketers and wider community cricketers hone their bowling skills ahead of the start of the outdoor cricket season. Much appreciated, thank you. Photo to follow next week when I've unrolled them and examined them.
From tennis to trampolining, football to yoga, ballet to basketball, we want to change tired, leaky, inaccessible facilities into functional and fit for purpose for everyone. No more lines of buckets in changing rooms and corridors every time a raindrop falls. This was August (when it wasn't as damp as it is now). It's time to turn Grey Court into a proper after-hours community space for all to enjoy.