Quarter-of-a-million pounds to be spent on renovating courts
Broomfield Park in Palmers Green will continue to be the home of netball in North London thanks to a £100,000 grant from Sport England.
Enfield Council will use the money to help renovate nine existing courts at the park, currently used by 80 teams and more than 1,000 players every year. The North London Netball League (NLNL) has been based at Broomfield Park since 1950.
The money from Sport England will be added to the £150,000 already received from the London Marathon Charitable Trust. Before renovation can begin, however, plans for the project will need to win planning approval. The council is working with Historic England and other parties to ensure the improvements are sympathetic to the surrounding landscape.
Maria Mitchell, from North London Netball League (NLNL), said: “We’re delighted that both Sport England and London Marathon Charitable Trust have awarded grant funding to enable the redevelopment of the netball courts in Broomfield Park. We look forward to working with Enfield Council to see the renovations completed.
“As the North London Netball League approaches its 70th anniversary, it’s great to know our teams will be able to play their sport for many years to come on decent and safe courts in Palmers Green.
“Netball is growing in popularity and on match day in Broomfield Park it really is fantastic to see so many girls and women playing the sport they love.
“Hopefully the improved facilities will allow us to bring all the physical and mental health benefits of playing a team sport to even more women in North London.”
It is hoped that participation in netball will increase by a fifth within two years of the new facilities being completed. Works on the site, if the plans are approved, are expected to start in late spring and finish by September 2020.
Mahtab Uddin, the council’s cabinet member for public health, added: “We are keen to promote both netball and tennis as fully inclusive activities that can help improve people’s health and wellbeing in a positive and encouraging atmosphere.
“As well as supporting the NLNL, we hope to start a new walking netball programme for those who perhaps are new to the sport or are not as active. In addition, our ‘Back to Netball’ programme will re-introduce the sport to those who have not played for some time.”
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