£95,000 grant awarded to Surrey community sports hub by the London Marathon Charitable Trust

A local charity in Windlesham has this week been awarded a £95,000 grant by The London Marathon Charitable Trust (The Trust) towards the building of a brand new pavilion at the village’s community-owned recreation ground, ahead of the annual RideLondon-Surrey cycling festival on Sunday 29 July.

The Trust’s grant will help support the creation of a new Windlesham Hub, housing an activity hall, public library, café with Wi-Fi, function space new accessible changing facilities for local sports clubs and cycle parking to encourage more cycling in the surrounding paths and woodlands.

This latest grant from The London Marathon Charitable Trust brings its funding total in Surrey to more than £3million awarded for 57 projects. Since the first Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling in 2013, which is delivered in partnership by The Trust’s trading company, London Marathon Events Ltd., organisations in Surrey have been eligible to apply for grants from The Trust toward projects that inspire more people to be active.

Suzanne Sharman, Chair of Trustees said: “This is a very special project for the whole community and so we’re thrilled to have been awarded this grant by The Trust. With this funding, we can take the first step toward achieving our grand vision of transforming the existing sports pavilion, which really is quite dishevelled and not much use for anything, into a multi-purpose hub that will service the whole community.”

Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer of the London Marathon Charitable Trust said: “We are so pleased to be funding another fantastic project in Surrey that will encourage people to reap the benefits of being physically active. It is clear that the proposed pavilion will become a thriving community and sports centre for people of all ages and abilities.”

Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “I wholeheartedly welcome this grant which will provide facilities to benefit the local Windlesham community for many years to come. It is part of the legacy of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey events which has seen more than £3million awarded to deserving grassroots sports groups across the county since the inaugural event in 2013.”

The Admirals Field in Windlesham was originally purchased by public donations in the 1950s and the surrounding woodlands later purchased in 1987. Now, the 18-acre site and pavilion is owned and managed by the village and its committee of volunteers and services the Parish’s 17,000 residents, one-third of whom use the associated clubs and facilities on a regular basis.

Over time, the pavilion has become outdated and dilapidated, with the constant need of repair. 

The new community hub will support existing local sport by providing the Windlesham United Football Club, Windlesham Cricket Club, Windle Valley Runners club and more with a standard of facilities appropriate for a home ground. The building will also host dance, zumba, yoga, pilates and exercise classes to encourage local residents - especially women and older members of the village - to get physically active.  

View the full list of grants awarded to project in Surrey here