North Sheen Recreation Ground

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Coordinates: 51°28′16.1796″N -0°17′5.3808″W / 51.471161000°N 0.284828000°W / 51.471161000; -0.284828000

North Sheen Recreation Ground
North Sheen Rec from Dancer Rd.JPG
North Sheen Rec, viewed from Dancer Road
Type Municipal
Location London
Created 1909; extended 1923
Operated by London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Status Open all year

North Sheen Recreation Ground, in Dancer Road, Kew, Richmond, London, is a recreation area and the home of Kew Park Rangers Football Club.

History[edit]

The sports pavilion clubhouse

North Sheen, in the former Municipal Borough of Richmond (Surrey),[1] was first marked on maps from 1904.[1] At that time the area was mostly undeveloped and was used to grow fruit and vegetables for market, but by 1920 residential building was underway.[1] North Sheen was incorporated into Kew in 1965 when the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames was created.[2]

Opened in June 1909 and extended in 1923, the recreation ground was originally part of an orchard belonging to the Popham Estate, owned by the Leyborne Pophams whose family seat was at Littlecote House, Wiltshire.[3]

During the Second World War the recreation ground was used for allotments and there was an underground public shelter opposite what is now the sports pavilion clubhouse.[4]

Facilities[edit]

Known locally as "The Rec", it now contains football pitches, a children's paddling pool, two extensive playgrounds, a large dog-free grassed area and a sports pavilion clubhouse, set amongst trees and shrubs.[3] The clubhouse, which cost £1 million[5] and opened in September 2011,[6]includes a community cafe and a community hall.[7]

Kew Park Rangers[edit]

Kew Park Rangers
North Sheen Rec KPR badge.JPG
Full name Kew Park Rangers Football Club
Founded 1997
Ground North Sheen Recreation Ground
Website Club home page

North Sheen Recreation Ground is also home to a local football club for children, Kew Park Rangers [1], which is a Football Association Charter Standard [2] Community Football Club,[8] the highest level of accreditation under The FA Charter Standard kitemark programme. The club's name is a word play on Queens Park Rangers F.C., a London football team which is also known as QPR.[9]

The club began in 1997 in Westerly Ware, a small park by Kew Bridge.[10] Word quickly spread at the local school that there was a kick about on Saturday mornings and more children arrived until there were regularly about 10–12 children.

As the crowd of children grew, alongside tournament and further development ambitions, the club decided to become official and registered for the Surrey County Football Association. Richmond Council eventually came up with a team pitch and a move to the North Sheen Recreation Ground[3] was secured. Kew Park Rangers Football Club was born in the summer of 1999, and continues to grow.

The club has a close working relationship with Fulham F.C. and it regularly employs the services of Fulham coaches to assist and support its coaches.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mills, A.D., A Dictionary of London Place Names, Oxford University Press (2010), ISBN 0-19-956678-X
  2. ^ Blomfield, David: Kew Past, p 131, Phillimore, 1994
  3. ^ a b c "North Sheen Recreation Ground". London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Featherstone, Roy (May 2012). "A resident remembers: North Sheen Recreation Ground". Circular 19. Antony Roberts. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Mason, Ian (26 September 2009). "Work kicks off on £1 million sports pavilion". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Fleming, Christine (8 September 2011). "Delight as new pavilions in North Sheen and Palewell finally ready". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Clubhouse and Hall". The Pavilion Cafe and Clubhouse. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "The amazing transformation at North Sheen Rec". Top Corner (London). Football Foundation. 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "About Kew Park Rangers". Kew Park Rangers. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Westerley Ware Recreation Ground". London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2011.