New pavilion gives growing football club grounds for optimism

Club members outside the new pavilion

Club members outside the new pavilion

First published in News
Last updated
Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington. Call me on 01865 425431

THE SUN broke through the clouds at the moment the ribbon was cut at Hinksey Park Football Club’s new £730,000 pavilion.

Hundreds of young players, parents and team managers turned out to the South Oxford club’s summer party on Saturday.

Having been Oxford’s fastest-growing club for the last five years, with a 20 per cent rise in players every year, Hinksey Park now has a clubhouse for the first time.

The four new changing rooms, club room and kitchen will mean the club, already at 300 members, can grow even more.

For the first time, it is starting girls’ teams, and secretary Mick Conmy used the occasion to appeal for more parents to help run teams.

He said: “We are already Oxford’s fastest-growing club, but we need help to grow further – we have three new teams starting next year.”

One of the club’s longest-serving players, 16-year-old Willem MacDonald, helped cut the ribbon.

Willem, of Grandpont, who has played with Hinksey Park since he was four, said: “I think this will make a lot of difference. It will attract more people and make the whole atmosphere better.”

The building was made possible by a £631,000 grant from Oxford City Council and £99,000 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

City council leader and ward councillor Bob Price told the crowd he was on the council 30 years ago when it first saved what is now Hinksey Park from industrial development.

He said: “This is a very exciting moment for me. When I first joined the council, all this area was just mud and spoil from the old gas works. We had a vision in 1983 to make this area into a park, and now 30 years later we have this fantastic recreation ground.”

The Grandpont pavilion is the first in what the council is hoping will be a wave of new football clubhouses across the city. It has put aside £3.1m to help create new buildings at Cowley Marsh, Blackbird Leys, Barton, Cutteslowe and others yet to be revealed.

The Hinksey Park building is the first new football clubhouse in Oxford since Cowley Marsh 18 years ago.

Chairman Jim Smith thanked the players, saying: “Without you there would be no Hinksey Park Football Club, and you have had a fantastic season.”

To volunteer or to find out more, email hinkseyparkfc@gmail.com

  • Our top stories

Nick Clegg launches Lib Dem election campaign in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

1:19pm Sunday 29th March 2015

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Abingdon this afternoon to launch the Liberal Democrats' campaign for the General Election.

Organisers praise dedication of OX5 runners who braved the elements

Oxford Mail:

12:58pm Sunday 29th March 2015

HUNDEREDS of people lined the gardens of Blenheim Palace on a wet and windy Sunday to cheer on the runners of today's OX5 Run.

Power cuts reported in Cumnor and Marcham

Oxford Mail: light bulb with power lines

12:14pm Sunday 29th March 2015

PEOPLE have been left without electricity this afternoon after power cuts hit Cumnor and Marcham.

Ukip opens first Oxfordshire office in Abingdon

Oxford Mail:

11:34am Sunday 29th March 2015

THE UK Independence Party (UKIP) opened its first Oxfordshire office in Abingdon this morning.

Rail delays between Didcot and Reading reported

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

11:17am Sunday 29th March 2015

DELAYS of up to 25 minutes are being experienced by rail passengers travelling between Didcot Parkway and Reading this morning.

UPDATED: Man charged with 19 crimes against 10 people appears in court after slavery raids

Oxford Mail:

8:14am Saturday 28th March 2015

A 44-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court this morning charged with 19 offences against 10 people following Thursday's anti-slavery raids.

 

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree