In 1931 “The younger generation in the village were much in evidence on Wednesday evening on the occasion of the official opening of the Children’s playing field adjoining the cricket ground”
Between 1931 and today, the Parish Council have built on this commitment with a purpose built play area, skate ramp and full sized football pitch.
In 2016 the younger generation were also very much in evidence, with a brand new £56,500 recreation facility that gives residents of Kings Somborne and surrounding villages the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of sports thanks to support from Test Valley Borough Council, the Veolia Environmental Trust, King’s Somborne Parish Council, Hampshire Playing Fields Association , Aster Communities along with from Hampshire County councillor Andrew Gibson.
The multi-use games area (MUGA) was officially opened by Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes along with King’s Somborne Parish Council chairman Richard Harwood, the Clerk Peter Storey, Parish Councillors and villagers for celebrations.at an open day at the village’s sports field. The event included a football and basketball coaching, and visitors were also given the chance to take part in tournaments.
The MUGA can be used for a wide variety of team sports including football, netball, tennis, and basketball and features a three metre rebound fence around the sports surface, along with tennis nets.
The MUGA is free to use and open all hours to all Somborne residents. It is marked out for small team football and general kick-about, basketball and netball, ‘indoor’ cricket and tennis. Use is generally on a ‘first-come-first-served basis’ for maximum periods of one hour, or until a subsequent user arrives. Advance bookings of two hours, which is available to groups who play regularly together as a club, may be arranged.
Parish Councillor Simon Whitehead said, “The Multi Use Games Area is a fantastic facility for Kings Somborne; it’s really important that those who want to participate in sport are able to do so, regardless of their age and ability and having good quality facilities is key to realising this. The parish council promotes the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity and its positive impact on mental health.”
Congratulations to the team behind making this happen in Kings Somborne It’s a real challenge to bring a concept such as this into reality and this group of volunteers should be rightly proud of their achievement. The Kings Somborne MUGA will be a lasting legacy for the community.