Celebrations as Football Foundation funded sports Hub officially launches on National Fitness Day
A new state-of the-art sports hub was officially launched on National Fitness Day (Wednesday 22 September) in Gunnersbury, London.
Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub is one of the largest outdoor sporting facilities in London, and was made possible thanks to a £4m investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.
The facility boasts two new floodlit 3G pitches and 13 improved grass pitches which, as well as providing football facilities, will enable extensive multi-sport provision for the local community. The facility also includes indoor provision including a large sports hall and health and fitness centre.
The Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Bishnu Gurung; the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Munir Ahmed; and Councillor Peter Mason, Leader of Ealing Council, officially opened the hub on National Fitness Day, alongside representatives from key project stakeholders including Sport England, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, London Marathon Trust and Middlesex County Cricket Club.
Councillor Bishnu Gurung, Mayor of Hounslow, said:
“We can already see the success of this brilliant new venue, where people can enjoy not just the large range of top-quality sporting activities, but also the beautiful green space of Gunnersbury Park whilst keeping fit and active.
“We’ve worked hard alongside our partners at Ealing Council and today we’re celebrating a venue which is already becoming a firm favourite of local people and a hub for the community. A huge thank-you to everyone who has worked with us and helped fund the project.”
Councillor Peter Mason, Leader of Ealing Council, said:
“This fantastic new sports hub is all part of our commitment to supporting the long-term health and wellbeing of our residents. This is one of London’s largest outdoor sports facilities with some of the best sports provision in the capital. We remain committed to ensuring that Ealing is a place where residents of all ages have access to a wide range of excellent sports and fitness facilities.
“Now open, it is providing first-class facilities to local people wanting to keep active and improve their fitness.
“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone involved in seeing this project to completion so we can all see and enjoy these amazing facilities.”
“This is another step to the fulfilment of our long-term vision will sees Gunnersbury Park as a place where local people can enjoy sport, beautiful green spaces and a rich local history long into the future.”
Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:
“We are delighted that this amazing new site is now open to the public after receiving Football Foundation investment. It has been a real joy to be here today. In the coming years we will see a huge impact on the local community – with a host of inclusive programmes being launched including BTEC Course’s, Kicks, Disability, Women & Girls, Futsal, Advanced Training Programme, walking football and a new small-sided league.
“We know at the Football Foundation that good quality facilities support the health of local people and communities, which is why we’re investing in projects like this across the country with funding provided by the Premier League, The FA, Government and Sport England.”