Oxford City Council is to invest almost £50,000 in the Five Mile Drive Recreation Ground in Wolvercote – providing updated facilities for Summertown Stars Football Club.
Last week (13/02/18), the City Council’s City Executive Board approved the budget proposals for funding to be allocated for new facilities at Five Mile Drive Recreation Ground in Wolvercote.
The development will see £49,000 going towards the installation of new facilities at the site, including toilets, a kitchen and a club area. The facilities will also be used as a polling station for residents within the Wolvercote Ward.
The City Council will be looking in to a long-term lease arrangement with Summertown Stars to utilise the new facilities. The Lower Pavilion in Cutteslowe Park is the main base for Summertown Stars.
The budget allocation needs to be ratified at the next Full Council meeting.
In December 2016, the City Council worked with partners to complete the £809,000 refurbishment of Cutteslowe Lower Pavilion.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund provided £347,000; Sport England gave £300,000; and the City Council funded the remaining £162,000. The building is currently home to Summertown Stars FC and includes four team changing rooms, two officials’ changing rooms, a large community room, kitchen, toilets and viewing platform.
In 2014, the City Council also completed a £416,000 refurbishment of Cutteslowe Park Upper Pavilion as part of a £4.5m project to improve sports pavilions across the city.
The City Council’s objective is to increase participation in sport to help tackle health inequalities across Oxford. Men in the least deprived area of Oxford outlive those in the most deprived areas by an average of 9.3 years.
Other recent investment in Oxford’s sports facilities includes the construction of the £9m Leys Pools & Leisure Centre 2015, and the £4m Rose Hill Community Centre and £1m Oxford Spires Sport & Fitness last year.
Councillor Linda Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council, and Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport, said: “The Summertown Stars AFC are a real asset to Oxford and I’m delighted we will be providing a new facility for their junior teams on Five Mile Drive Recreation Ground.
This is part of our commitment to improve and maintain sports and leisure facilities across Oxford and follows our delivery of the new Lower Pavilion in Cutteslowe Park just over a year ago.
The new facility will provide toilets, a kitchen and a general area for club members to use.”
Councillor Angela Goff, Wolvercote Ward Member, said: “We are pleased that our continued efforts have at last produced some results which will certainly help Summertown Stars. Though, we would still like to see the provision of a pavilion with potential for community facilities like most areas across the city have.”