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Yet Another Leisure Centre

with no Cricket provision e.g. no Cricket Nets in the Sports Hall.

Tadworth Leisure Centre's Sports Hall
Tadworth Leisure Centre’s Sports Hall

Tadworth’s NEW Stunning Leisure & Community Centre opened 5 October.

I visited Saturday 10 October and as I predicted the Sports hall does not include any cricket provision e.g. Nets – to allow the local Cricket Club – Tadworth Cricket Club and all those that wish to  practice indoors during the winter months

Tadworth Leisure & Community Centre
Tadworth Leisure & Community Centre

All sports are suffering reduced numbers and I believe cricket is not helped my excellent new Leisure Centre’s opening in my council region of Reigate & Banstead with no Cricket Facilities.

Junior’s taking up sport seems to be reducing, we need every opportunity?

Why can’t every new sports hall include Cricket Provision e.g. some nets 2 or 4 to allow foster cricket interest, ability and talent int he area in which each Sport correction Leisure Centre’s are located.

Yes I am slightly biased and looking for options to deliver Cricket, Coach Cricket to All Ability Juniors to Adult alike and even Adult Professionals over the winter hence options for Cricket Provision at public sport ad leisure centre.

My home town of Horley – also saw a new Leisure centre open (2012)  – excellent facilities but again with no Cricket provision.

EPG3821For the Horley Leisure Centre I was involved in the process and had some success – Higher Ceiling for the SPort’s hall to allow Elite Trampolinists and a viewing gallery. I presume these were automatically included in the new Centre at Tadworth.

Needs opportunity to participate and Leisure Centres need to embrace cricket and include Cricket in their Sports Halls even if they are only 4 badminton courts in size. also needs to be decided at the planning stage with the local authorities asking the communities and perhaps like a standard size sports hall surely cricket nets should be included.

Excsuses I have heard for not providing the sport option of Cricket and Cricket Nets is that centre staff would have to get both the nets and mats out each time. No storage for the mats.

Tadworth is a large suburban village in Surrey in the south-east of the Epsom Downs, part of the North Downs. It forms part of the Borough of Reigate and Banstead. At the 2011 census Tadworth (and Walton) had a population of 7123 (2001 – 9,522).

Wiki Info – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadworth

Horley is a town in Surrey on the border of Surrey and West Sussex, England, and south of the twin towns of Reigate and Redhill, and neighbouring Gatwick Airport and in turn Crawley. It also forms part of the Borough of Reigate & Banstead. At the 2011 Census – Population 22,693

Wiki Info – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horley

Notable Horley Locals that you may be aware of include:

  • Jack Fairman was from Horley and has a pub named after him
  • Lol Tolhurst is a former member of The Cure who was born and lived in the town. (Paul new his Brother)
  • Faye White the former captain of England Women’s Football team was brought up in, and went to school in the town.
  • Robert Emms plays Pythagoras in BBC1’s Atlantis. Also of War Horse Fame. He was brought up in Horley and went to Oakwood School in the town

Both Centres – Tadworth and Horley are run by GLL (Better)

More Information:

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council


Horley Leisure Centre
Anderson Way
Surrey RH6 8SP
01293 784075
Cost: £9m

Tadworth Leisure & Community Centre
Preston Manor Road
Surrey KT20 5FB
01737 361933
Cost: £11m

About Paul Griffiths:

Member of Tadworth Cricket Club since 1991/1992 some 25 seasons

Qualified in both Football (FA Level 2) and Cricket (ECB Level 3About Paul Griffiths