Emma Raducanu’s success in reaching the US Open final was a success for England and Bromley, where crafts were cultivated at local tennis centers, but grassroots sporting goods in the region drought the drought at the sporting venue. I’m experiencing it.
Tony Anderson, football coach at Warren JFC, Bromley’s community football club, said: We recently lost the venue we had for 15 years and sold it to another football club.
“We always run as a community club and aim to keep prices low so that our children can make a profit, not making a profit, so the profit margin is very low. The problem is that you can’t compete with business-oriented clubs. “
Throughout London, community sports groups are struggling to get even the most basic facilities. The reduction in funding and increased pressure on housing due to Covid-19 means that developers are robbing green spaces.
Anderson said: “Community facilities are almost depleted and there is little free space. We know some that have just disappeared within a few miles of our own pitch. They grew up and most people built houses, if any. Has a gated community. “
In all districts of London, only 3% of pitches are owned by community organizations and most of the pitches are owned by educational institutions, according to Sport England data.
In general, the school or university that owns the pitch should lend the pitch to a community organization such as Warren FC. Schools charge for the use of these services, which can be expensive for local clubs.
“The ones that come with the school take a profit-based approach. We use AstroTurf from our local school, but the cost is so high that we can’t afford to do it year-round.”
At the same time, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to budget cuts in local councils, resulting in struggling spending on sports and physical activity.
Funding for sports in London borough fell by more than a quarter last year, according to data from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in Newham, the council cut sports funding by £ 1.9m, down 45%.
With increasing pressure on green spaces from developers, lower funding means more pressure on community groups to find and hire facilities.
London already accounts for only 8% of England’s sales and 16% of its population, and community groups may continue to struggle to access sports facilities as the housing crisis continues and Congress is forced to cut funds. there is.