New leisure facility for local sports club
Thursday 6 June: Hillingdon Council opened a new sports centre in South Ruislip on Tuesday 4 June
The council has invested £1.43 million in Field End Centre, which will provide a home for Bessingby Park Rangers Football Club and Ruislip and District Amateur Boxing Club.
The new facilities were opened by ward councillor Allan Kauffman in the presence of the Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr David Yarrow.
The new building's facilities include a larger main sports hall which will house a full boxing ring, boxing training area, boxing bags hanging from the walls and mirrors for shadow boxing. Dividers will allow the ring area to be partitioned and the hall to also be used for five-a-side football and social events.
There are also storage units, changing and showering facilities, an office, large kitchen and a seating area with a windowed door leading to the terrace overlooking Field End Recreation Ground. The site now also benefits from disabled access, bicycle stands, a car park and a new access road.
Leader of Hillingdon Council, Councillor Ray Puddifoot, said: "I'm very pleased the council is able to make the financial investment to help and support these two clubs. Together they are making a profound and positive impact on young people's lives, local communities and the borough. We recognise their need for appropriate facilities, and I'm confident the new centre will be a tremendous benefit."
The new building has replaced a previous facility on the same site that dated back to 1952. In the 50s it was used by a local boys club and in later years it was used by the two local sports clubs but had become dilapidated.
Fiona Donaghue, Chairman of Bessingby Park Rangers Football Club (BPRFC), said: "Field End Recreation Ground has been our home for more than 25 years. The new clubhouse is a fantastic facility, which will bring our community of more than 300 kids together on a weekly basis. It will also give us endless new opportunities. Myself and the BPRFC Committee are very excited at what the future holds for this amazing football club. We would like to give special thanks to all those at Hillingdon Council who made it happen."
Derek Hobbs Head Coach/Chairman, Terry Hobbs Coach and Sue Hobbs Admin for Ruislip & District Amateur Boxing Club, said: "The building is state-of-the-art - it's brilliant. Everything is brand new and it's such a transformation from the previous structure, which was cold and damp. The new facility will make such a difference to the local community involved and we are hoping that it will also help us to attract new members."