Published: Wednesday, 20th December 2017

The state of the art sports centre opens its doors for the first time on 2 January.

The indoor and outdoor centre will be welcoming residents to come along and try out loads of exciting sports activities, from 12 noon on Tuesday 2 January 2017 - and it's all is free for the day.

Free activities for everyone

In the new indoor track there'll be speed trials for young people and adults, along with come-and-try sessions in the exciting climbing hall. Young residents will also have the chance to try out the new skateboard or BMX bike they got for Christmas in the indoor BMX/skatepark.

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

On Tuesday 2 January, free activities are as follows:

The Indoor Athletics Hall

  • 12pm to 1pm - 60 minutes of 60 metre time trials. Who is the fastest day one athlete? Certificates for the fastest male and female in a range of age groups from under fives to over 55s
  • 1pm to 2pm - sports hall athletics taster for children aged five to nine
  • 2pm to 3pm - soft archery and toddlers soccer and pre-school athletics
  • 3pm to 4pm - sports hall athletics taster for children aged eight to 13 years

Dance Studio

  • 12pm to 12.45pm - street dance
  • 12.45pm to 1.30pm - street dance

Climbing Hall

Clip and Climb - 30 minute short sessions, maximum number per session is 16 people:

  • 12pm to 1.30pm - junior sessions for ages five to ten
  • 1.30pm to 3pm - junior sessions for ages 10 to 15

'The Slide', 3pm to 4pm, with space for 40 people.

Indoor BMX/Skatepark

Skate Park 45 minute rotation freestyles:

  • 12pm to 12.45pm - skate, ages five to 11
  • 12.45pm to 1.30pm - skate, ages 11 to 16
  • 1.30pm to 2.15pm - BMX, ages five to 11
  • 2.15pm to 3pm - BMX, ages 11 to 16
  • 3pm to 4pm - ages 16 and over

Wide range of facilities under one roof

The centre provides a wide range of opportunities for sports participation for all, from absolute beginner up to those performing at the highest competitive level.

It will mean residents can take part in a whole host of sporting activities in all types of weather, encouraging a year-round commitment to active and healthy lifestyles.

Its first-class facilities include:

  • A six lane, 60 metre sprint track plus run off
  • Full jumps provision (long, triple and high jump)
  • An indoor throwing cage and netting accommodating for discus, hammer and shot put
  • Conditioning training weights area specifically tailored to athletics participants
  • Indoor BMX/skatepark
  • An indoor 'clip and climb' climbing hall with different climbing ability levels
  • Indoor space to be used by schools or groups to train and learn in
  • An outdoor covered area to support learning in the park nature reserve.

There's also a café as well as an outside eating area, outside children's play area and brand new toilets for park users - facilities the local community has been requesting for some time.

Find out more about Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre (Better website)

An ecological centre

Sutcliffe Park has a nature reserve which is rich in wildlife. The new building is designed to work with its surroundings and add to the environment.

This includes bio diverse roof, landscaping and planting new shrubs and trees to complement the ecological biodiversity of the park. Hedging screens the car park and a new pond has been created on the north side of the building to assist with controlling potential flood risk.

Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of Royal Borough of Greenwich said: "I'm delighted that the new Sutcliffe Park Sport Centre is now open. I am sure Better, which runs the Centre, will do a superb job of creating a busy and thriving facility providing exciting and varied sports for young people and adults to enjoy."

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability added: "Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre represents a major regeneration of sports and leisure facilities for the south of borough, and is a key plank of our regeneration and priority programme."

Supporting our Olympic and Paralympic legacy

All activities and facilities at the new centre are available for people with disabilities, something that the Royal Borough committed to as part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy. This includes using the new indoor track, throwing cage and conditioning room for training.

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-Being said: "This is the perfect start for the New Year and great news for residents and all would be athletes across the borough.

"A big thank you to the London Marathon Charitable Trust for supporting this project, which we hope will help inspire the next generation of Olympic and Paralympic stars in Royal Greenwich."

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet member for Community Safety and Environment: "We'd like to thank the Friends of Sutcliffe Park for their tremendous support and help in making this happen and we look forward to working alongside the Friends and all the park users to make this facility a great success."