The Greenwich Park Sports Partnership is made up of members of three local sports clubs, as well local residents, with the aim of bringing together the community and the sports clubs using Greenwich Park Recreation Ground in Ripley, Derbyshire. This promotes recreation and health by providing a community facility to host a wider range of new community activities to improve social wellbeing. With support from the local Borough and Town Councils, Sport England and fundraising, funds have been secured to build a new community sports. The new pavilion is phase two of a six stage master plan to improve the access and aesthetics of Greenwich Park and future phases will include a new path, lighting, seating, nature reserve and outdoor fitness equipment to make this a green space with something to offer all members of the community.
"We want to make Greenwich Park a hub that serves the needs of the community. The three sports clubs involved in the Greenwich Park Sports Partnership have more than 500 members between them and it is important that there are facilities available which complement the sports facilities to support the health and social wellbeing of these members as well as the wider community. Feedback from community engagement highlights there is a lack of community facilities available in Ripley for local groups to use, this is especially true of community buildings which have kitchen facilities so the new community pavilion on Greenwich Park will be vital for groups requiring the use of a kitchen to support local people. By being able to provide outstanding kitchen facilities in the new community pavilion we will offer a wide range of support to the community including family activity days during school holidays supported by the national youth charity Street Games. We will be able to access funding which will allow us to provide 'Fit and Fed' sessions which include free food for young people and families as well as sport and physical activity."
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