Happy New Year & Welcome to the Jubilee Park AstroTurf Revitalisation Project.
Building on the success of the Tipton Communities Connected Programme [TCC 2014-2019] funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by the Bangladeshi Women's Association, the Jubilee Park Neighbourhood of Great Bridge in Tipton was chosen as a pilot location for the development of a Neighbourhood Plan. The pilot programme was sponsored by the Department of Communities and is Local Government (DCLG), and managed by Renaisi (a London based regeneration enterprise). As a part of the neighbourhood development plan, BWA successfully secured a £44,400 of capital investment from the SITA Trust for the refurbishment of the Jubilee Park Community Centre [which includes an office, kitchen, meeting room, social room, community hall, male and female changing rooms]. Razia Sattar, Chair of BWA said:
“We are grateful to Sandwell Council for entrusting us with the Jubilee Park Centre management and development responsibility. We are also extremely grateful to SITA Trust for the capital grant funding for the refurbishment work. We are confident that the centre can now begin its journey towards becoming a thriving community hub for high-quality community development services benefiting the local population.”
The Tipton Experience- Community Action Research
"At the University of Central Lancashire we have had a long-standing relationship with many community organisations and in partnership with them conducted action led research - which puts the community at the heart of all our community engagement projects. In Tipton, we have been working with the Bangladeshi Women's Association (BWA) for several years and this had led to the formation of the Tipton Development Group (TDG). Our work with the BWA has included: Connected Communities study (a 5 year national research project) and ODESSA older peoples study (a 3 year international project)". David Morris, Professor of Mental Health, Inclusion and Community, University of Central Lancashire. Also in the picture are Mrs Syeda Khatun MBE and Anam Choudhury MSc.
In 2017, the Tipton Development Group produced a Tipton Community Economic Plan [CED] which included community ambition of Improving local community and sports facilities. The Plan was endorsed by DCLG.
By early 2018, the Bangladeshi Women's Association Limited, Sandwell MBC and the Jubilee Park Community Centre worked together to submit a successful funding bid (£40,000) to Sport England for the refurbishment of the AstroTurf on Jubilee Park. Additional funding of £3000 is now required for the completion of the work.
"The revitalisation of the facility will be a welcome addition to the already thriving Communities Connected programme of activities and encourage residents to use their local park to be more active and healthy,"
Katie Deeley, Project Manager- Physical Activity, Sandwell Council.
Jubilee AstroTurf is located in the deprived area of Tipton, Sandwell.
The Current Condition of the Jubilee AstroTurf:
The current condition of the AstroTurf is very poor and the local community groups are unable to use the facilities due to its poor condition.
The Future of the Jubilee AstroTurf:
Once renovated and revitalised, the site will be used by local young people, elderly and women to participate in a range of sports activities such as tennis, netball, volleyball and football.
The AstroTurf facility will be available to use by local community groups, community-based sports programmes, sports agencies and sports development teams for sports training, sports games, and engaging residents in recreational activities. The Project will work closely with the Active Black Country to promote an increase in sports participation in this deprived area.
"The renovation and revitalisation of the site will enable the realisation of community ambitions for a multi-use outdoor sports facility that will enable the residents to improve their health and wellbeing, bringing different communities together as well as inspire young people to participate in Sports and consider the sports sector for future employment". Derek Rowley, Chair: Tipton Development Group/Former Mayor of Sandwell.
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