Greenwich

Free extreme sports at Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre

Published Friday, 02 February 2018

Celebrate the official opening of the new state of the art sports centre on Sat 10 Feb.

At 12noon on Saturday 10 February 2018, Cllr Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, will unveil a plaque in the reception area, marking the official opening of the centre which represents a multi-million pound investment by the council in sport facilities.

Star studded opening ceremony

Cllr Hyland will be joined by star athletes Commonwealth Games gold medallist Tosin Oke and Britain's leading female weightlifter Zoe Smith.

Tosin is a track and field athlete who has competed at the highest level in the triple jump for both Great Britain and Nigeria.

Tosin first began competing with the Cambridge Harriers, who have a long association with Sutcliffe Park athletic track, one which continues with this new Sports Centre.

Tosin was the 1999 European Athletics Junior Championships Champion and, competing for Nigeria, he won back-to-back athletics titles in the African Championships in Commonwealth Games.

Zoe Smith is one of the UK's top weightlifters. Major shoulder surgery saw Zoe out of competitive action for almost a year.

But her determination won through and in April she'll take part in her third Commonwealth Games, despite only being 23 years old.

Zoe, who receives support from the Greenwich Starting Blocks charity, remains the only English female weightlifter ever to have won medals at the Commonwealth Games (bronze aged 16 in 2010, gold aged 20 in 2014).

The plaque unveiling ceremony will be followed by a display of extreme sports in the purpose built BMX/skatepark.

Free activities on offer

To help celebrate the day there will be free sessions on many of the Sports Centre facilities.

Residents can test their skills on the indoor BMX/skatepark or in the vertigo inducing 'clip and climb' climbing hall as well as try their hand at everything from table tennis to Badminton.

Check out the indoor six lane, 60metre sprint track, discover hidden skills at the high or long jump on the indoor sandpit or send a medicine ball as far as you can in the netted throwing cage.

There'll be the chance for youngsters to compete for medals on tri-athletics races. For the very young there is the Soft Play area where they can explore and play in safety.

Open day event details

Sessions are free, but are offered on a first come first serve basis, so arrive early to secure your spot.

You'll need to arrive at least 30 minutes before the session start time as anyone taking part in the session will need to complete a waiver, and attend the pre-activity induction. All will be explained on your arrival.

Appropriate clothing is required, which includes no open sandals, boots or shoes. Please ensure you and/or your children are medically fit to take part in these potentially strenuous activities. All children must be accompanied by parent/guardian.

Free sessions that will run between 11am and 3pm:

  • Clip N Climb: 30 minutes of climb
  • Harness Max Capacity 24 - 11am to 11.30, 11.30am to 12noon, 12noon to 12.30pm, 12.30pm to 1pm, 1pm to 1pm, 1.30pm to 2pm, 2pm to 2.30pm, 2.30pm to 3pm

Soft Play: one hour sessions

BMX/skatepark:

  • 10am to 11am skatepark under-11 skating
  • 11am to 12noon skatepark under-11 skating
  • 12noon to 1pm skatepark 11 and over skating
  • 1pm to 2pm skatepark under-11 BMX
  • 2pm to 3pm skatepark 11 and over BMX

Indoor Track:

  • Normal club and track sessions until 1pm
  • 1pm to 3pm - Open activities to come and have a go at, including Badminton, Table Tennis, Short Tennis, Long Jump, High Jump and 10m Sprint Races.
  • 4pm to 5pm - Sports Hall Athletics for five to eight year olds including Tri Athletics Competition 60m Sprints, Standing Long Jump and 1kg Medicine Ball Seated overhead throw.
  • 5pm to 6pm - Sports Hall Athletics Open for eight to 13 year olds including Tri Athletics Competition 60m Sprints, Standing Long Jump and 1kg Medicine Ball Seated overhead throw.