Tuesday 14th April 2015
The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Youth Service, run by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT), is pleased to declare the opening of the brand new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), opposite The Valley.
For sports including football, basketball, tennis and many more, the facility was funded by the Mayor’s Fund, the Football Association Facilities Fund, the Lawn Tennis Association and the Royal Borough of Greenwich council who helped clear the site thanks to their Community Payback programme.
A project 4 years in the making, the venue is the right fit for youth in the area.
“With our youth hubs, we have a vibrant offer here and look to add to that with sports activities on the MUGA”, said Matt Parish, Chief Operating Officer at CACT.
“We work closely with the local residents and young people and have been encouraging them that we’ll be running organised activities, but when we are not, everyone is free to go and use it”.
Linking in with the Lawn Tennis Association, training qualifications for coaches will also be run, as part of the multi-sport offer in schools.
“It’s a fantastic facility for the local residents”, said Tudor Rowe, Participation Manager at the Lawn Tennis Association who attended the grand opening.
“Even though I’m from the Lawn Tennis Association, it is great to see that you can play multiple sports here like football, basketball and tennis.
Also at the unveiling was Steven Churchill, PCSO from the Engagement Team and Safer Transport. Steven can only see this as a good thing for youth activity in the area.
“There’s not much round here for kids to do these days and having something like this where they can come in, play games and get supervision if they need it is great,” he said.
“We’ll be around most of the time as well so they know they are safe, and that is good for the community.”
Located next to The Valley (between the West and Jimmy Seed stand), the MUGA is now open for all public in the area to use.