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Deputy Mayor of London visits Herne Hill Velodrome on community tour

Deputy Mayor of London visits Herne Hill Velodrome on community tour

Date published: 25/08/2017
Deputy Mayor of London visits Herne Hill Velodrome on community tour
Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement Matthew Ryder (right) was delighted to watch activity at the Herne Hill Velodrome yesterday as he chatted to its Manager, volunteer Peter Cattermole (left).

Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, visited Herne Hill Velodrome recently (Thursday 24 August) as part of his ongoing tour of community organisations across London. 

The Herne Hill Velodrome unveiled their Exodus Travels Pavilion in March 2017, with the help of a grant from the Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund (MoL:SFF), delivered by the Football Foundation – the country’s largest sports charity.

The new pavilion marked the end of a campaign to secure the future of the Velodrome, which has been in existence for over 125 years. A former 1948 London Olympics venue, the stadium was reopened in 2005 after a period of closure and has undergone a series of upgrades since. 

The state-of-the-art pavilion is the last of a three-phase plan to modernise the Velodrome. It has replaced a neglected and derelict pavilion, which was unequipped to cater for the upswing in users. It now comprises: changing rooms; toilets; a multi-purpose clubroom; a meeting room; kitchen facilities and bike storage. 

The project to install the new facility received a £100,000 grant from the Mayor of London: Sports Facilities Fund, delivered by the Football Foundation, which helped to make it a reality. The project also received: £750,000 from Sport England; £750,000 from London Marathon Trust; £200,000 from the Southwark Council and £50,000 from the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust. 

The Mayor’s Sports Facilities Fund is part of the Mayor’s commitment to deliver a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The aim of the Fund, which is managed on the Mayor’s behalf by the Football Foundation, is to increase participation levels in sport in London through the funding of affordable, good quality facilities within local communities in every London Borough. 

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – over £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game. The Foundation also manages the MoL:SFF programme on behalf of City Hall.

Andy Cawdell, Chair of Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, said: “We were delighted to receive the grant from the Mayor of London Sports Facilities Fund – without it we would not have been able to complete the build and move on to develop our activities.”

Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, said: “It’s been great to visit Herne Hill Velodrome, which has been at the heart of sport in Lambeth for generations. This is a really important grassroots facility for local cycling clubs and the whole community.

“I’m delighted that, through the Mayor’s Sports Facilities Fund, this state-of-the-art pavilion has given the velodrome a new lease of life. It has opened up so many opportunities for more people to get involved in sport every week, and I know it will serve the local area well for many years to come.”

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“I’m delighted that, through the Mayor’s Sports Facilities Fund, this state-of-the-art pavilion has given the velodrome a new lease of life. It has opened up so many opportunities for more people to get involved in sport every week, and I know it will serve the local area well for many years to come.” Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement

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