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West London NHS Trust hands over sports pitches to Crowthorne Rugby Club

27 August 2019

West London NHS Trust has formally handed over 3.8 hectares of newly refurbished sports pitches and a clubhouse to Crowthorne Rugby Club, which is adjacent to local housebuilder Barratt Homes’ Cricket Field Grove development.

As part of the S106 agreement between Barratt Southern Counties and Bracknell Forest Council, the housebuilder carried out construction work on these pitches.

A public official opening event took place on Saturday 17 August, hosted by Crowthorne Rugby Club and opened by Simon Amor, Head Coach of England 7 Team. Two rugby matches took place, where the ladies (Thorns) and the men’s (Crows) teams played against President’s invitational sides, consisting of old players and friends of the club. Joining in the community spirit, players at this event included Jimmy Noak, Deputy Director of Nursing at Broadmoor.

Vanessa Lee, Head of Property and Major Transactions at Broadmoor Hospital, comments: “Running in tandem with construction, the land sales programme is not only vital to redevelopment funding, but will also bring about significant benefits and a lasting legacy for the local community. The sports pitches cater for a variety of sports, including rugby and football, and will ensure the long term future of Crowthorne Rugby Club and will support their aspirations for growth. We wish them every success in their new home.”

Ian Macleod, Chairman of Crowthorne Rugby Club, comments: “It is with great anticipation and excitement that we now take over the lease for this facility. We would like to acknowledge and thank all of the agencies and organisations involved in this sports field development, including West London NHS Trust and Barratt Southern Counties, and look forward to generating a community sporting facility for the wider Crowthorne population to use and enjoy.”

Alongside the construction work on these pitches, Barratt Southern Counties has also provided suitable alternative natural greenspace in order to reduce the pressure for public recreation on existing space. In addition to this, the housebuilder has contributed £234,470 towards the future costs of the Council of maintaining and managing this land.

Lynnette St-Quintin, Sales Director for Barratt Southern Counties, comments: “We are pleased to have been involved with the construction of the new sports facilities, and it was fantastic to see the pitches in use at the club’s official opening. We hope everyone enjoys this new recreational area for many years to come.”

Photo caption: (L-R) Ian MacLeod, Chairman of Crowthorne Rugby Club, Simon Amor, Head Coach of England 7 Team and Jimmy Noak, Deputy Director of Nursing at Broadmoor.