Case Study

Ceres Court Games Area

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Ceres Court is the highest high rise group of properties in Swale, containing both flats and maisonettes. There are seventy-eight properties in total within three blocks. The area has suffered many problems recently, primarily from young people from the estate who are subject to Anti Social Behaviour Orders.

Swale Housing Association, which owns the properties, asked Groundwork Kent & Medway to undertake a consultation at Ceres Court looking into improving the green spaces around the flats. The exercise highlighted the fact that there is a lack of things for local youngsters to do and that a new facility to provide an area for play was needed.

Work begun in April 2006 to transform a disused car park behind the flats into a new outdoor multi-use games area. The new games area was made possible by Barclays, through their Spaces for Sports scheme, who agreed to fund the construction of the new outdoor sports facility with a £50,000 grant. The Spaces for Sports scheme is a £30 million community sponsorship programme, running over three years, to create and improve sports facilities in communities across the UK. The programme is a partnership between Barclays, Groundwork and the Football Foundation.

The new games area was officially opened by Derek Wyatt, MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey, Councillor Adrian Crowther, the Deputy Mayor for Swale, Lorraine Willis, Branch Manager for Barclays in Sittingbourne and pupils from Murston Junior School. Lorraine said, "It was great to see the pupils having such a good time at the new sports facility which is one of 150 being funded through Barclays Spaces for Sports throughout the country. I hope that the facility will bring a lot of pleasure to a lot of people for a long time to come."

The Spaces for Sports scheme also made a further £18,000 available to secure the development of a community sports club that will organise doorstep opportunities for healthy activity, training in sports and club responsibilities. Vince Day, Community Officer at AmicusHorizon Group will be working with local residents and groups to create a series of sports activities that will keep the new ball court occupied to its fullest potential. Debbie Fryer from The Chart Partnership will be developing, with local residents and others, a group that will take on the management of the new sports club. Vince commented, “The new sports venue is a great resource for the local community and I’m looking forward to using the ball court for the AmicusHorizon Group sports activities which I’ll be organising for local residents and their children to encourage a more active lifestyle and greater community spirit.”

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New multi-use Games Area 'Eagles Arena'

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Local youngsters enjoy sporting activities at community fun day

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Pupils from Murston Junior School show their creative side at opening event

Ceres Court Games Area


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