In 2011 a group of Wellow residents decided that better use could be made of our much loved but under-used playing fields. Plans were developed for a range of sporting facilities that could be used by young and old alike. The aim was simple, to create a playing field where different sporting and recreational activities operated in harmony. This short video gives a taste of what we are all about
After a lot of discussion and debate throughout the village and a huge fund-raising effort that raised over £200,000, the new facilities were opened in September 2015. With two tennis courts, 7-a-side football pitch, netball court, cricket nets, jogging track, boules piste and an outdoor gym, the playing fields have had new life breathed into them and participation levels in the village have rocketed. The field will also be the home to non-sporting activities like outdoor theatre and traditional village events like the annual flower show.
Wellow Parish Council, who have always run the playing fields, felt the facilities would be better run by an independent body owned by the villagers – that would also look after the existing children’s play area and village hall. So Wellow people came together again to create Wellow Recreation – a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
By late 2016, the facilities (other than the village hall) will have been leased by the Parish Council to Wellow Recreation and we will be fully operational. The Parish Council will grant Wellow Recreation the money they previously spent on maintaining the playing field, and the new organisation, supported by the village and the different sporting and recreational groups, will raise all the additional funds that will be needed to keep the excellent facilities running and in good condition.