Local social enterprise Community Teachsport has been transferred The Abbotshall Road Playing Field on the Corbett Estate by Lewisham Council under the Community Asset transfer scheme on a 25 year lease on the understanding Community Teachsport regenerated the playing surface and installed a community hub building to replace the existing run down pavilion and changing rooms.
Both the Archibald Corbett Society and its associate, The Corbett Residents Association, have been working in partnership with Community Teachsport on the development of the site which will be a Healthy Lifestyle centre for the estate including local schools and junior sports clubs. Below is a progress update on the centre which, besides its sporting facilities will have a community café, a community garden and facilities for drop in clinics in partnership with Lewisham Public Health on healthy lifestyle issues such as reducing obesity, and preventing strokes and diabetes.
The construction of the new Healthy Lifestyles centre at Abbotshall Road Playing Fields
Community Teachsport are now waiting for a response to their stage 2 bid to the Mayor of London’s Facilities Fund administered by the Football Foundation which is the final bid of a total of £330,000 for the new building. On the basis all the money is in place by the end of March, there is a 12 week time frame for the building to be manufactured off site, the old buildings to be demolished, new foundations prepared and the new building dropped in on site and connected up to all services with the new centre opening around Mid-July 2014.
Work is due to begin in early April on removing the existing playing surface, levelling out and re-seeding. The surface will be maintained throughout the Summer, Autumn and Winter ready for play in the Spring of 2015.
A community garden, to be open to the public, is planned to run from the entrance down the Abbotshall Road fenceline to the start of the long jump run up to be approx 3 to 4 metres wide by 50 metres long. It is intended to create raised beds, pathways, plant an orchard, create a wildlife area, install benches for it to be an area for the whole community to work on and be involved in, plus using it for school educational visits and generally make the ground look more attractive.
The Archibald Corbett Society will be bidding for funding to the Mayor of London’s Pocket Parks scheme for materials, plants and equipment to help build the garden.
The Archibald Corbett Society is keen to set up a local cycling club based at the Healthy Lifestyle centre. If you’d like to be involved, please get in touch.