Following those wonderful two Olympic weeks last summer, the talk has often been about the grass roots legacy. The hope is that the Games will 'inspire a generation' in local sport with facilities to match. Even today I have received an invitation to a workshop on the subject.
What heartens me is that such a scenario has been ongoing in Headley since the mid 1990s. It was at this time that a Sports Association-led initiative produced our excellent modern Sports Pavilion. Ever since then we have worked to improve and expand the facility.
We are currently opening the building's face to our football area by creating a further entrance with a veranda area. This work, along with our role of coordinating activities at the Playing Fields, has seen considerable expansion in the quality and quantity of participation in sport in Headley. Recognising that success leads to more success, we are well aware of the need to avoid complacency and continue to move forward. It is to this end that we are actively seeking to add to the available playing areas.
It comes as something of a surprise when one finds that such an outstanding facility is still unknown to some members of our Parish population. If you are one of these, and have any interest in sport, you will find all-year activity centred on the Pavilion and the Playing Fields at Mill Lane. Currently Bowls, Cricket, Youth and Senior football, Tennis and Table Tennis cater for any age from five to ninety-five.
Annually, on May Bank Holiday, we organise and host the Headley Fun Run. We are always open to other suggested disciplines. Incidentally, to cater for the under-fives, we still manage to provide a most attractive home for Little Badgers Pre-school.
Out on the Fields, we have a handily placed children's play area to bring Dads and Grandads! Even if you have no particular interest in sport, the playing fields make for a very pleasant stroll with a number of usefully located seats dotted around. Anyone seeking any information on sport in Headley should telephone the number shown on the contacts page.