Moredon Sports Hub – Swindon

Statement from Swindon Borough Council:

Plans are still going ahead to create an exciting new sports hub in Moredon.

We are committed to providing this multi-purpose, multi-generational sports facility and our designs will include a competition level cycling closed road circuit, a BMX pump track, a full-sized all weather football pitch, a new pavilion with changing rooms and café at Moredon Recreation Ground.

The new facility, just off Akers Way, will still feature the popular grass football pitches, croquet greens and cricket wickets.

We’re working with Central Swindon North Parish Council, Sport England, British Cycling and the Government’s Football foundation to make this plan a reality.

We originally hoped to have the scheme underway at the start of this year but due to limited tender bids and rising construction costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the scheme was delayed.

We are hoping to start construction in the summer. Once open, the hub will be operated by Central Swindon North Parish Council.

Councillor Robert Jandy, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage, Leisure and Town Centre Experience, said: “We were all hoping construction on the new sports hub in Moredon would be well underway by now but our project, like so many others, has fallen victim to the pandemic.

“COVID-19 has had a major impact on the construction industry with an increase in the price of materials, while costs have risen generally across the board and this was reflected in the tenders we received

“But the great news is that all the partners involved in the project are determined to deliver a top-class regional sports facility which will not only benefit the local community, but will draw people in from far and wide.”

Councillor Steph Exell, Chair of Central Swindon North Parish Council said: “The introduction of a safe open road circuit cycle track will provide a fully inclusive facility, not just for dedicated cycling enthusiasts, but will introduce cycling in a safe environment to our local schools and residents.

“In addition, the Parish Council’s commitment to grassroots football and supporting pavilion has remained resolute through the challenges presented in the design and build stage.

“Our investment demonstrates a long-term commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of parish residents through locally delivered, affordable sporting activities.”