Surrey community celebrates new pavilion

The Newdigate community is celebrating the opening of a brand new pavilion which money from the London Marathon Charitable Trust helped them build.

The Brocus Community Pavilion will be used not only by cricketers, scouts and cubs but also for table-tennis, short-mat bowls, Pilates, yoga and many other community activities.

The London Marathon Charitable Trust, which supports capital projects that inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle and increase the number of people regularly taking part in sports and physical activities, provided a grant of £70,000 towards the construction of the pavilion in 2014. 

The Trust awards grants to organisations in all areas where London Marathon Events Limited organises mass participation events. Following the first Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling in 2013, organisations in Surrey became eligible to apply for grants.

Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, attended the official opening of the pavilion and said: “In its first few weeks, the pavilion has already seen far more people than predicted crossing the threshold to take part in the wide range of activities offered to encourage local residents to take part in physical activity. It is clear that the pavilion will be a thriving community centre for years to come.”

The opening of the Brocus Community Pavilion was marked with a match between Newdigate Cricket Club and a Surrey Masters team that included former international and county cricket players.

Scouts, cubs, beavers and cricket colts also launched 1,000 multi-coloured balloons into the air to celebrate the occasion.

The other areas eligible to apply for grants from the London Marathon Charitable Trust are the 32 London boroughs, South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale.

Since it was created in 1981, the London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded more than £62 million to more than 1,130 projects.