Nene Valley Community Centre under new management of local sporting charity

Nene Valley Community Centre is set to fully re-open later this month under the new management of the Peterborough Football and Sports Development Foundation.

The centre was previously run by Nene Valley Community Association who had to reduce the opening hours when a number of volunteer staff left and the centre’s income reduced earlier this year.

The council has worked closely with the association and Community Action Peterborough to find a new solution for the centre. It will soon be manned every day with enhanced tennis and rugby provision already planned plus a family fun event on 22 July.

The Peterborough Football and Sports Development Foundation is a charity set up by Peterborough District and Football League to promote and manage sporting services in the area.

The charity has pledged to work closely with the local community to develop the centre's offering, including a revamp of the website to make promotion and the hire of facilities easier. A community group is being established to feed into the charity to make sure that local people's needs are met.

Deputy Mayor and Peterborough Football and Sports Development Chairman Councillor Keith Sharp said: “This is good news for the community who have this great local facility which we can now work together to maximise. There are already a number of new activities planned and the charity hopes to be able to invest in the centre to make it even more appealing for local people and community groups to use or hire.

"An early priority for us is to get the football pitches back in good shape in time for use from September.”

The fun day on 22 July will be open to all with more details available early summer. For more information on how to get involved with plans for the centre now contact Wendy Newey, Trustee, on 01733 330056, by email at pfsdf@btconnect.com or on the Nene Valley Community Centre website

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