Wraps taken off community sports ground
12 August 2015
The wraps have been taken off the all-new Edgbaston Foundation Sports Ground which will become a new hub for junior, recreational and community sports projects in the area in Birmingham.
England cricketer Ian Bell was the star attraction at the opening, unveiling the Cape Hill ground that aims to provide more sporting opportunities to youngsters in the region.
The facility features a £750,000 pavilion funded by Persimmon Homes Central, which is based on a nine acre site at Portland Road. The Cape Hill site has been used as a community cricket ground for 120 years, but now offers increased opportunities for budding sports stars of the future.
Duncan Shaw, technical director at Persimmon Homes Central, said: “We are extremely proud to be part of the redevelopment of the sports pavilion. The fabulous new facilities are a direct result of our close partnership with Warwickshire County Cricket Club and we feel sure that the local community will enjoy the activities available.”
Ian Bell – who became the first Warwickshire cricketer to win 100 Test Match caps for England last summer - said: “I have been privileged to be part of the development programme with Warwickshire since the age of 11, and it’s been great to see the club increasing its investment in the local community and grassroots of the game. This new ground offers fantastic facilities for all cricketers and it will be great to see Warwickshire return here for First Class cricket in the future.”
With the help of Persimmon’s funding, Warwickshire County Cricket Club has used their expertise to replace the cricket square, pitch and outfield. The facility is expected to become a hotbed of new cricketing and football talent with a range of sporting development programmes for youngsters.
Colin Povey, chief executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said: “Working with Warwickshire CCC and its sister organisation the Warwickshire Cricket Board (WCB), the new Foundation will provide facilities for sport and recreation and identify appropriate community projects to support in the region that promote healthy, active lifestyles.
“Our thanks go to Persimmon Homes Central, the England & Wales Cricket Board, Sport England and Birmingham City Council for helping us transform the site from a decaying former sports ground in to a facility that will provide significant benefit to local people over the coming years.”
The land was bought by Persimmon Homes following the closure of the M&B brewery in 2003, with permission granted to build 800 houses on the site providing that the sports club was retained for sporting use.
Persimmon Homes supports opening of Edgbaston Foundation Community Ground