The amazing transformation at North Sheen Rec
|Patrick Barclay speaks to grassroots volunteers at Kew Park Rangers FC|
The changing block at North Sheen Recreation Ground, in South West London, had fallen into an appalling state. It was heavily vandalised, literally covered in graffiti and certainly not fit to provide for the many hundreds of youngsters and adults that played football and other sports every week.
With the help of a Foundation grant, and the partnership funding our investment helped to attract, a fantastic new £1m sports pavilion now stands in its place.
The main beneficiaries are Kew Park Rangers Football Club, recently awarded the prestigious FA Charter Standard Community Club Award. The club currently provides training opportunities for 600 members, aged from four up to adults. It has 26 teams competing in local leagues. This project will help the club sustain its membership and facilitating year on year growth - especially in women & girls and disabled football.
As well as the £629,300 grant from the Football Foundation, £350,000 came from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Parks Improvement Programme.
An added bonus was Chief Football Commentator at The Times and local resident, Patrick Barclay, writing a feature on the project and becoming a patron of Kew Park Rangers FC.
Browse the gallery below to see how the site has been transformed from North Sheen 'wreck' to North Sheen Rec.
The changing rooms of North Sheen's old changing block