£100k regeneration of community facilities complete
We have completed the regeneration of the multi-use games area (MUGA) at our Charterhouse Road housing development in Hackney thanks to a £50,000 grant from the Mayor of London’s Facility Fund for sports development.
The redevelopment of the MUGA sees the completion of over £100,000 of investment by Southern Housing Group to improve the community facilities at the Charterhouse Road scheme. This has included:
developing a community food garden;
a complete refurbishment of the community centre;
the redevelopment of the MUGA;
the addition of an outside gym and sports equipment to the external spaces of the community centre;
weekly sporting activities for residents; and,
development of Community Sports Leaders programme which will be able to sustain the legacy of the programme.
To celebrate the completion of work, residents were invited to attend an official opening of the facilities on Wednesday 22 May.
Access to Sports, the sports provider for this project, gave demonstrations of the different equipment now available to residents. Young residents who have been taking sports classes with Access held a sports skills master class to show what they have learned so far. Local entertainer, Mr Mojo, was also on hand to get everyone on their feet and moving about.
Dirk Lampe, Environmental Project Manager at Southern Housing Group, said, “We are so pleased to have received the support and funding to complete the work at Charterhouse Road. The redeveloped community facilities will make a real difference to residents of all ages at Charterhouse Road.
"By encouraging residents to get involved in sport we are encouraging healthier lifestyles and providing fun ways for residents to meet and get to know their neighbours. I’d also like to thank the residents who have been involved throughout the project, helping to shape what the facilities would offer and look like. Their support and feedback has been brilliant.”
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, said, “Following the huge success of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games I'm determined to continue to improve sporting opportunities across the capital and help encourage many more Londoners into sport. I'm absolutely delighted to support Southern Housing Group to boost its facilities at Charterhouse Road and I'd encourage people of all ages to check out what's on offer right on their doorstep."