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Statement on Kennington Park Astro

by | Aug 18, 2021 | Leagues, London, News

Unfortunately we have been advised during the last week that Kennington Park Astro Pitch is damaged, and has been closed immediately on health and safety grounds. The council has funding to re-lay the surface, however the best estimate they have given us is this will take 6-9 months to approve and complete the works.

Losing Kennington Park for our Monday and Friday leagues further reduces the number of team places we have available in London this autumn. We have been scrambling to try and find alternative venues, but with such a shortage of floodlit pitches in this part of London we’ve only been able to find alternatives for the Friday league.

As it stands the Monday Borough & Kennington League will run as Borough only. Capacity is reduced from 32 to 20 teams, with 16 teams playing weekly. Teams which miss out should consider alternative Monday venues such as the Canada Water (Athletics Stadium), Battersea (Grass), Battersea (Astro), Rotherhithe St Paul’s (Thurs) or the Friday options detailed below.

For the Friday league, after speaking to all possible alternate venues, we have booked two exciting new venues and will run three separate Friday leagues. The Friday leagues will be played at Waterloo (only), Dulwich (JAGS) and Paddington Recreation Centre. Waterloo’s capacity is only 8 teams.

We are very excited about the new Friday leagues taking place on two fantastic all weather pitches. JAGS Sports Centre in Dulwich is located very close to our popular Brixton & Peckham leagues and only a short walk from busy Herne Hill station. JAGS offers a brand new all weather 2G pitch and fantastic facilities on site. This league will run as 7-a-side mixed, offering an alternative for long running Friday teams keen to play on a bigger pitch or for local Brixton & Peckham teams and players keen to continue participating locally this autumn. This league has capacity for 12 teams.

Paddington Recreation Ground is located in the heart of North-West London, not far from our existing Friday Summer League at Regent’s Park. The venue features a fullsize 3G pitch and our booking runs from 7-9pm. This league also has capacity for 12 teams.

Registration for both Dulwich (JAGS) and Paddington will open at 5pm, Friday, 20/08. This is to give teams that signed up for Waterloo & Kennington first priority to transfer to the new leagues.

For details on these leagues and all other options please visit the leagues page on our website.