Roehampton Playing Fields

Community Trust

News - September 2020

ROEHAMPTON PLAYING FIELDS COMMUNITY TRUST SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE

Despite the challenges and delays caused by the pandemic, the Roehampton Playing Fields Community Trust is continuing to make very good progress towards achieving its objective of taking over management of the Playing Fields.

The community expressed strong support in last summer’s Council consultation, with 85% in favour link , for the Fields to be run by the community, for the community, and the Trust is ready to deliver what local people have said they want to see on this unique and special site.

Recent events at the Playing Fields, such as the successful Dover House Lions FC event which raised over £2,200 for St George’s Hospital Charity, illustrate perfectly how much more use can be made, and social impact achieved, with community management of the Playing Fields bringing all the key stakeholders together with a common purpose.

Working collaboratively with partners, the Trust is now finalising a Masterplan for the site and a 5 year business plan, to include plans for investing in site improvements. Key features of the plans will include:

* much more usage by clubs, schools and the public of all facilities - football, tennis, cricket and school sports and games - across the year

* subject to funding, making much-needed improvements to the quality and availability of these existing facilities

* pavilion and changing room improvements to ensure all relevant health and safety requirements, particularly during the pandemic, are met

* plans for new facilities to be provided for all-age community use: subject to funding and planning this may include an outdoor gym, cafe and much more.

While the Trust is already actively securing funding commitments from a number of sources: national and local sports funders, and local community supporters, and is working constructively with Wandsworth Council, it’s continuing to explore funding and sponsorship partnerships and the Trust team would be delighted to speak to local businesses, groups and individuals who would like to play their part in the future success of Roehampton Playing Fields, at the heart of the community of Roehampton.

For more information on how you can help contact us or for the full Update document link


News - September 2020

Dover House Lions NHS Fundraiser Event 6 September

Fantastically supported event held at the Playing Fields, superbly organised by Dover House Lions FC which raised over £2,200 for St George’s Hospital Charity. A great day of football with a Mums and Female coaches match as well as a Dads and Male coaches match, thanks to all the participants and everyone who contributed to such a successful event.

News - December 2019

News - November 2019

ROEHAMPTON PLAYING FIELDS COMMUNITY TRUST

News Update November 2019


Roehampton Playing Fields Community Trust would like to update the local community and users, following Wandsworth Council’s consultation of the future of the playing fields, which concluded in August.

Currently we await a decision from the Council, following their analysis of the results of the consultation, about the next steps for management of the Playing Fields and the timing of the proposed tender process. The Trust stands ready to engage actively and constructively with the Council, in whatever process is established, to submit our compelling and sustainable proposals for the Trust to run the Playing Fields for the benefit of users and the local community.

We will provide an update as soon as the situation becomes clearer.

Over the course of the summer and autumn lots else has been going on, with some much-needed works carried out to the pavilion. A new kitchen has been installed and internal painting to the main entrance area and external windows has been completed. In addition, local volunteers have freshened up the entrance with plants and new furniture, making the area feel much more welcoming for all.

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News - November 2019

News - July 2019

WANDSWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL LAUNCH PUBLIC CONSULTATION TO HELP DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF ROEHAMPTON PLAYING FIELDS.

A public consultation is now being run by the council who wish to understand if and how you use the playing fields and what facilities you would like to see there in the future. After the consultation, which closes on Friday 23 August, the Council will invite bids to manage the Playing Fields.

This consultation is largely down to the efforts of many local people who joined together over a year ago to form Roehampton Playing Fields Community Trust and we have in that time built the strong and active support of the main Field users (particularly Dover House Lions Youth, Disability and Adult FC, St James’ and Nasir Cricket Clubs and many local maintained and independent schools) along with local residents. We have drafted a compelling and sustainable business case to manage the Playing Fields for and with the community.

Roehampton Playing Fields Community Trust are running an open evening, to keep residents, users and interested parties informed. Feel free to come along!

Thursday 11th July 6-8pm

Roehampton Playing Fields, Dover House Road, SW15 5BW

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News - February 2019

ROEHAMPTON PLAYING FIELDS COMMUNITY TRUST NOW WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE COUNCIL TO SUBMIT PLANS TO RUN THE PLAYING FIELDS FOR THE COMMUNITY

On February 11th Wandsworth Borough Council’s Executive Group responded to the many objections raised over the last year by Playing Field users and the community and has agreed to terminate the current procurement. The Council has now pledged to work, through close consultation, with the community to plan a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable future for Roehampton Playing Fields.

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Trust and the Community

The Roehampton Playing Fields Community Trust has been set up to transform the sport and recreational facilities at Roehampton playing fields to meet both current and future demands of a growing local population. Our vision is to establish a vibrant, multi-sport community sports facility owned by Wandsworth Borough Council but managed and operated by the Roehampton Playing Fields Community Trust. In doing so we will seek to create excellent working relationships with a range of local voluntary groups, schools and sports organisations. We will also respect the neighbourhood and the special setting of the site which lies within a residential conservation area close to Putney Heath off the Dover House Road.