Southern Housing Group is pleased to announce that its Amhurst Road housing scheme in Hackney has been awarded £50,000 from the Mayor of London’s Facility Fund for a sports development project.
The Group applied to the fund to assist with the current redevelopment of community facilities for residents. The funding will help to: complete refurbishment work to the current ball park area on the estate; add an outside gym and sports equipment to the external spaces of the community centre; deliver weekly sporting activities for residents for a year from September 2012; and develop Community Sports Leaders who will be able to sustain the legacy of the programme.
Access to Sports has been selected as the sporting provider on this project and will run the weekly activities as well as offering accredited courses for residents interested in a career in sports coaching.
Dirk Lampe, Environmental Project Manager at Southern Housing Group, said, “We are so pleased to be awarded this funding as it will make a real difference to residents of all ages at Amhurst Road. By encouraging residents to get involved in sport we are encouraging healthier lifestyles and providing fun ways for residents to engage with their neighbours. As well as breaking down social barriers this project offers fantastic training opportunities to residents interested in sporting careers.”
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 Amhurst Road and I'd encourage people of all ages to check out what's on offer right on their doorstep."
Work has now begun on the community centre and ballpark with a sports fun day planned for the beginning of October to celebrate the redevelopment and establish an educational programme for adults and young children incorporating resident feedback.
The project is designed and delivered by What if: projects Ltd, an architecture practice based in Hackney that specialises in creating sustainable urban environments through engagement with the local community.