Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club has won Playfinder’s 2019 Outstanding Sports Facility Of The Year award.
It is an independently funded ‘not for profit’ facility which provides sport, health, education and well-being facilities – 4,000 local people use the club each week, 35 clubs use it as their home and there are six local businesses run from there.
There are 100 16-19 year olds and 300 players across the youth teams.
Playfinder’s grassroots sports users voted online for their favourite venue and the award, in its fourth year, is judged on pitch quality, venue amenities and customer experience.
Jamie Foale, co-founder of Playfinder, said: “Tooting and Mitcham is a terrific example of a top-class sports facility that is a full fixture within the local community. Whether it be the football club, events or dedication to disability support – Jackie and her team excel. The future plans for the club are incredibly exciting and will leave a lasting legacy.”
Caroline McRoyall, Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club, said: ‘It’s an honour to receive this award, particularly as it’s our users that have voted for us. The club prides itself on ensuring everyone feels welcome and involved. The club is currently looking to expand its facilities and are asking for comments on their plans. Details on the proposals can be found on our website.”
Stephen Alambritis, leader of the council for the London Borough of Merton, added: “We are all so proud of Tooting and Mitcham Community Sports Club and this award is a reflection on how popular the facilities are here.
“The fact that over 4,000 local people use the place each week is testimony to the hard work of everyone at this great venue. After the Playfinder recognition, this sporting hub is set to get even better as a port of call for physical activity sessions in Merton.”