A new local community multi-sports zone for all was officially opened in Sandown on Sunday. Double Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Gosling OBE officially opened the new AdiZone, with the Fort Multi Play Courts” and Play Park ceremonies opened to a fanfare of Samba music.
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On Sunday morning, The Fort Multi Play Courts” and Play Park official opening was celebrated with a fanfare of music from Raw Samba.
Councillor Ronnie Teasdale Chairman of Sandown Community Partnership aided by Cllr Connie Cowley Deputy Mayor, cut the ribbon to officially open the “Play Courts”. Fifteen minutes later, the “Play Park” officially opened, when Cllr Jacquie Mereweather Mayor of Sandown and Val Taylor Town Clerk cut the ribbon.
Among others in attendance, Island MP Andrew Turner and Isle of Wight Council Chairman Cllr Ian Stephens.
Then it was off over to the Adidas AdiZone area to check out the equipment before the official opening by Double Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Gosling OBE.
The Adizone designed for use by all ages, was very popular with the grown ups too! Isle of Wight Council Chairman Cllr Ian Stephens, Island MP Andrew Turner and Cllr Jacquie Mereweather Mayor of Sandown were amongst others and wasted no time in getting to grips with the AdiZone equipment.
As Island Pulse reported earlier; The multi-sports facilities are inspired by Olympic and Paralympic sports, including a basketball, football and tennis area, a climbing wall, an outdoor gym and an open area to encourage dance, aerobics and gymnastics. This AdiZone is the 50th to be built in the country.
Alas all good things must come to an end and everyone had to stop playing on the equipment when Sarah Gosling and Isle of Wight Council Community Leisure Development Officer Lee Matthews took to the stage with the Isle of Wight Council Chairman to announce the opening.
Young Athletes from Team Isle of Wight were among those in attendance when Cllr Stephens assisted Sarah Gosling OBE in cutting the ribbon. Then followed a grand finale of a dance routine from Dance Vibez who wowed the crowd.
As Island Pulse reported earlier; Although established in Sandham Gardens Sandown, everyone young and old are welcome to use the facilities. Its free to use, open at all times, 365 days a year, in all weather and as you can see will provide a great workout.
The AdiZone which cost in excess of £150,000, has been paid for through funding by Adidas, the Small Rural Towns Project and IW Council Safer Communities Partnership. The adiZone project is also supported by the Island’s NHS, Hampshire Constabulary and Sandown Town Council.
Cllr Jacquie Mereweather, Mayor of Sandown, reiterated:
“The town council is delighted with this wonderful new facility in Sandown offering a whole range of healthy activities for all ages.
“This, together with our other facilities at Sandham Grounds, has been achieved by Sandown Town Council working in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council and Sandown Community Partnership.
Sandown Town Council will be working with the Isle of Wight Council in managing this facility for the town”
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