8th November 2021 — Local sports clubs, pupils, parents and staff have been enjoying the new all-weather pitch and cricket nets which have recently opened at King’s House School Sports Ground in Chiswick, South West London.
Extensive refurbishment took place over the summer to create the new facilities, which also includes an extended car park for visitors.
The pitch and cricket nets will be enjoyed by King’s House pupils for many years to come, and the all-weather pitch will also be home to the London Wayferers Hockey Club.
Mark Turner, Head of King’s House School, commented: "Here at King’s House we are keen to improve and modernise our facilities both at the school and our Sports Ground for the benefit of our current and future pupils, and our school community more broadly.
"The fantastic new all-weather pitch at the grounds will not only enhance our own sporting provision, but also provide a great resource for other local schools and sports clubs."
Until 2010, King’s House School Sports Ground was previously known as the Civil Service Sports Ground, and was opened in 1926 by King George V and Prince Albert.
The 35-acre site has since remained the home of the Civil Service Football Club and the Civil Service Rugby Club, now known as the CSR 1863 Stags.
Natalie Wray, King’s House School Sports Ground General Manager, said: "The new all-weather pitch has transformed the provision at the site.
"Historically the site has been tailored towards boys and men’s facilities, and the new development enables us to deliver activities such as hockey and netball, making the grounds a first-class multi sports site."
She continued: "The new TS6 compliant cricket nets will enhance King’s House School’s cricket provision, and the location will enable KHS pupils to warm up in the nets prior to matches.
"We are delighted that the pitch will provide a permanent home for London Wayfarers Hockey Club for the first time.
"The Wayferers are traditionally a nomadic club who use a variety of pitches across London.
"As the largest club in the country, they have 19 Senior Teams and over 1,000 juniors.”