A new SportsHub for Milton Keynes?

Golf, tennis, cricket, gymnastics and swimming to feature at multi-sport facility.

Did you know that MK has been named a European City of Sport for 2020?

As part of helping unlock new opportunities to use sport to improve people’s quality of life, MK-based company Evolve is looking to develop a new SportsHub at Windmill Hill Golf Centre in Far Bletchley.

The SportsHub model has been developed to help keep existing sites in public use for sports and enable these to be financially viable long term.

This involves creating a multisport facility where a number of public sporting and leisure facilities can be co-located.

Golf will still feature heavily in the new SportsHub, with a new golf course layout including a new Par 3 course, a remodelled 9 hole course, and a new state of the art Golf Centre with a 60 bay driving range, relocated Health and Fitness Centre, a short game practice area and putting green.

There will also be a Racquet Centre – the first of its kind in the region (supported by the Lawn Tennis Association) – a Steelbacks Cricket Centre run by Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, a new Gymnastics Centre for MK Springers, plus a new Swim School Pool.

For informal sports and activity there will be a soft play centre, Trim Trail, exercise area and picnic areas on site, with a local square and café.

To fund the SportsHub facilities, 125 new homes and a new hotel are also proposed.

Chris Coussell, Business Manager at Evolve, explained: “SportsHub MK will be one of the first developments in the UK where the sports facilities are part-funded by the commercial facilities and businesses operating on the rest of the site.

“The SportsHub Charity will receive 5% of the annual revenue/rent of every business to help fund the sports organisations on site.”

Visit sportshubmk.com to register your views by March 14.

This feature was published in the March 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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