Ashford’s new state of the art sports centre, Spearpoint Pavilion, was officially opened on Saturday 8th October with help from The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr George Koowaree.
The new sports pavilion features a wealth of modern facilities including a new kitchen and eight male and female changing rooms.
The original pavilion, which dated back to 1960s, was only used in recent seasons to provide basic changing rooms for sports teams. Now the new facilities provide separate areas for male and female players and officials, as well as function room facilities, including a kitchen, which community and local activity groups can hire to host local events and meetings.
The newly built recreation ground is also home to two outdoor tennis courts which will be refurbished in the coming weeks. The courts are free to use and will be re-tarmacked and receive new external fencing.
The new pavilion has been designed to Football Association standards and aligns neatly with the closest sports pitch. The new layout also allows for additional parking on site.
The project was led by a steering group including council officers and members, Kennington Community Forum, user groups and Ashford and District Sunday Football League.
The building was funded by Section 106 grants from developments in the area as well as the local community who have raised more than £8,000 towards the project. External funding has also been secured by the Kennington Community Forum, Ashford and District Sunday Football League, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (£469,678), delivered by the Football Foundation, and Sport England (£150,000).
Cllr Jessamy Blanford, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and the Environment, said: “We are delighted that Spearpoint now has a modern building which can host a range of community activities and sports events. It is a much needed facility which will greatly benefit the local community and sports-fans alike, and we hope it will be well-used.”