The Centre in its present condition requires a lot of works to be done to provide better and modern facilities for our SKLPC Cricket Club, Football Tournaments, Annual Functions, and Navratri Festivals and also to make it easier for vehicles, Cyclists and pedestrians to access the centre.
SKLPC Cricket Club has been successfully running for over 30 years and has produced many talented cricketers for the club. Many have represented the club at both county and borough levels. The club offer cricket from the age of seven for boys and girls. The club is proud to have a number of UK English Cricket Board (ECB) Level 1 and 2 coaches. The club offers colts an opportunity to train indoor throughout the winter months getting them ready for the summer campaign of matches and continual training/improvement of their cricket skills. All colts’ teams play in the Middlesex Colts Association North Area.
SKLPC (UK) Five-a-side Football Tournament has become UK’s largest Asian football tournament with over 50 teams participating. The tournament was started almost 30 years ago to give the youngsters within our community a chance to showcase their talents. The tournament began only with one division and now has expanded to cater for all, young and old, male and female.
There are hundreds of children and adults in our community who play various sports in different clubs. These include Masters Youth Club, Naranpar Youth Wing Sports Club, Kera Kundanpur Youth Wing (UK), Baladia Youth Club, Kutch Madhapar Community (UK) Sports & Fitness clubs amongst others. Each of these use a variety of sports facilities around London. The new centre will be accessible to all these clubs.
Every year we spend thousands of pounds to organise our functions in a large marquee with associated sound systems, stage, decorations, carpeted flooring, etc. Not to mention the time spent by hundreds of our dedicated volunteers to set all this up and manage it. At the same time, the cost of hiring external services for our functions is increasing every year as with everything else in life. The new centre will address so many of these issues.
The objective of the SKLPC (UK) India Gardens project is to develop and rejuvenate the facilities enabling our community to play a variety of sports as well as stay healthy and active. We believe that, the new state of the art centre will encourage people of all ages to take active part in sports, fitness and other community activities with new energy and enthusiasm.
The sports and community centre will be run privately by our community, however, both the external sports fields and internal sports and community facilities will be open to the wider public. The ethos of the building is to promote healthy living for the community and to create a home for the members to celebrate. The building comprises of a large sports hall at the core with gym facilities, changing rooms, kitchens, café, dining areas, wedding and gaam functions facilities, office and community spaces. It is likely that during the week the centre will have increased usage for wellbeing and community activities.