Sport England reaffirm their opposition to loss of Kingsway all weather play area

Could the Council fund an upgrade of the Thanet Road Sports area?

The future of the  all weather games (MUGA) provision in the Kingsway part of York remains unclear. Sport England – with the backing of local Netball and Football governing bodies – is insisting that, if the present facility is removed, then a similar provision must be made nearby.

In effect, Sport England have a veto over new developments if they involve the loss of sports fields. They can insist that a development application  is referred to the Secretary of Sate for a decision.

The Foxwood Residents Association has also voiced its concerns claiming that a fitness trail – planned by officials for Chesney’s Field  – would not meet the informal sports/leisure needs of the 8 – 13 age group.  Instead they urge that discussions take place with the Acorn Rugby Club aimed at funding improvements, and wider access, to the floodlit area that is already in place on the Thanet Road Sports area.

York Council officials are being particularly stubborn on this issue. It is putting at risk a plan to modernise the sheltered housing flats at Lincoln Court.

Some flexibility, urgency and imagination in addressing the issues now needs to be shown by both Councillors and officers at West Offices. 

Sport Englands representations can be read by clicking here

The  Residents Association comments can be read here

What’s on: Fall ‘Back 2 Netball’

Every Tue 7.30pm – 8.30pm

NetballThe ‘Back to Netball’ programme is a sociable re-introduction to netball for female players aged 16 and over.

The classes focus on having fun in a friendly environment, while  relearning skills.

Netball is a fantastic team sport where participants can play a sport they love with friends of old and new. These sessions also provide a wide range of health benefits that will help lose weight and tone up your legs, bum and tum in a way you never realise is happening.

Programme schedule

The programme runs every Tuesday evening at Burnholme Community College, from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, costing £3.00 per session. Sessions are know back following the summer break we would love for you to join us this week.

There is no need to book but if you would like more information you can contact   or call 01904 553377.