The Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Rachael I Lake has officially opened Elmbridge’s newest sporting facility, the Elmbridge Xcel Sport Hub. Situated beside the Xcel Leisure Complex, Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames, the Xcel Sports Hub is the new home of local clubs Walton Casuals, Walton Casuals Juniors, Walton Athletics Club and Walton & Hersham FC.
At an unveiling ceremony on Thursday 14 September, the Mayor expressed her pride at this new community sports facility; “The Xcel Sports Hub is truly a community facility and I am thrilled that this will also be a social hub as well as sports hub.”
Also in attendance was Roger Forsdyke, Managing Director of the sports hub’s building contractor, Willmot Dixon who is thrilled to be part of this state-of the-art facility;
“Having previously delivered the Xcel Leisure Complex over 11 years ago, we were delighted to work in partnership with Elmbridge Borough Council again, delivering a quality facility that we are confident will be enjoyed by the clubs and local community, for many years to come.”
People for Places, the hub’s operator is excited to be involved in the Xcel Sports Hub;
“We are excited by the opportunities that this fantastic facility will open up for all members of the community to adopt a love of physical activity as well as the future of competitive and elite sports within Elmbridge. Together with the Council and our partners we are looking forward to offering the local community a wide range of activities that will ignite their enthusiasm for increased physical activity and good health as well as supporting Olympians and Paralympians of the future to meet their aspirations.”
Representatives from all the home clubs were also in attendance to show visitors around their new facility.
2017 marks the 75th birthday of Walton Athletics Club and it’s Chairman Jack Rutherford, can think of no better way to celebrate than to bring the club to this new facility:
“Walton Athletics Club has been in Borough for 75 years and has grown and evolved as the area has. Moving to the Xcel Sports Hub is another chapter in our history and one that I am confident will bring much success. Our membership is increasing every year and we are proud to have athletes competing at county, country and international levels. The new facilities at Waterside Drive will only propel us further.”
Alan Smith, Chairman, Walton & Hersham FC is fully committed to the success of the Xcel Sports Hub;
"Clearly to leave Stompond Lane after 80 plus years and the history of both the club and the ground, and the recognition it has brought to the town, it is a tremendous wrench for us but now we are fully committed to the Hub and helping to play a significant part of it being a major success.”
The first Walton Casuals match of the 2017/18 Bostik League at their new home was played on Saturday 9 September when Walton Casuals played Horsham FC and Club Chairman of ‘The Stags’ as they are known locally and Sky Sports pundit, Tony Gale is embracing the new season;
“For the last two seasons we have been ground sharing whilst this wonderful stadium was being built. Now it’s here, we can’t quite believe our eyes. It’s a great facility; probably one of the best in England. We are honoured to be playing our home games here and we just hope that everyone in the community comes together with us and the other clubs, to enjoy, to grow and to participate in this wonderful stadium. A very big thank you to Elmbridge Borough Council for making it all possible.”
Further information on the Xcel Sports Hub.