Restore Athletics and Gymnastics in the Royal borough of Greenwich

Restore Athletics and Gymnastics in the Royal borough of Greenwich

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“Pre COVID” Greenwich Borough had a thriving Athletics club based at Sutcliffe Park (Cambridge Harriers) and a thriving Gymnastics club based at Thomas Tallis School (Greenwich Royals). During COVID the School cancelled all external bookings, then as some restrictions were lifted, the Gymnastics programme was moved to the indoor Athletics Track at Sutcliffe Park. This meant that Cambridge Harriers access to the purpose built athletics facility was reduced from 7 days a week to just two evenings. We at Cambridge Harriers understood this to be a temporary change, even though it impacted negatively on ourselves.

The Gymnastics facility at Thomas Tallis was built in 2011 as an Olympic Legacy facility. We believe part of the contract (for the build) included a requirement for community access to the facility, which currently stands empty.

Cambridge Harriers (Athletics Club) have been based in the Borough of Greenwich for decades. Our club provide a pathway into the sport of athletics for all the school students using our resources and volunteers to organise and run a complete Track & Field, and Cross Country events.

Our club has a well organised program to expand our successful coaching base. Coaching has a big role to play in maximising the growth and development of athletics in the borough of Greenwich for the benefit of all.

Cambridge Harriers has consistently produced athletes for International competition, including the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, and World and European Championships.

 


Cambridge Harriers need more than two evenings a week access to provide for the elite athletes, and accommodate our programs.

 


Greenwich Royals (gymnastics), we understand, have lost their elite gymnasts due to lack of access to the purpose built facility at Thomas Tallis School.

We ask for your support in petitioning Royal Borough of Greenwich to restore gymnastics to the purpose built facility, and to return Cambridge Harriers to full daily access of the purpose built athletics hall.

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