The Hauxton Sports Ground (formerly the sports field belonging to the Bayer Sports and Social Club) is now owned and managed by the parish council (with effect from 8 September 2015). The intention is to use the Sports Ground mainly for organised sports, principally football, cricket and tennis. To achieve this the parish council has agreed partnerships with a local junior football club, a cricket club and a tennis club (see details below). This joint approach will enable Hauxton to provide opportunities for sport, especially for youngsters, much quicker than would have been possible by starting up new clubs solely from existing residents. Other clubs or organised groups wishing to hire the pitches will be able to do so.
During the summer of 2015 much work was done in recovering the playing surface. Unused for approximately 9 years the pitch was in a very bad state with moss, weeds and poor quality grass. The summer investment in work to remove the moss and weeds, aerate and scarify the surface and reseed the whole site with amenity grass species has vastly improved the pitches but much still remains to be done. A major problem was, and still is, damage caused by the wild rabbit population on the surrounding land.
The sports ground is mostly now surrounded with rabbit proof fencing. Members of the football club and parish council have been out regularly filling in the rabbit holes and scrapes that they make on the field – only to find them dug up again a few days later. This represents a risk to any youngsters playing who could twist an ankle so please make your youngsters aware! In addition to this there is still other work to do on the site and any volunteers to help would be welcome! – please contact the Parish Clerk (01223 872680) or any of the Parish Councillors for more info.
The Parish Council have secured a grant from Sport England to build a new 8 pitch cricket square. Feasibility studies are complete and work should start in spring 2017 hopefully with the first games in summer 2018.
Proposed pavilion and pitch layout
As most of you know the existing pavilion on the sports ground was unsafe and has now been demolished as part of the clean-up operation, leaving a car parking area in its place. Some limited funding has been made available from the developers to start a fund for a replacement building. This will require a major fund raising exercise and any contacts or ideas are most welcome. Until this happens there are no toilet facilities on site.
Designs have been prepared for a new pavilion and car parking at the Sports Ground. The planning application has been approved. We continue to talk with possible funding organisations to help us build it. To view the proposed Sports Ground pavilion plans click on the images below.
For ad hoc games of football in Hauxton, the goals on the Sports Ground can be used by local youngsters at any time other than on Saturday mornings when matches take place until the first week of May. There are also goals on the Church Road recreation ground and smaller ones on the Willow Way recreation ground for younger players.
More organised junior football is played at Hauxton Sports Ground, through the partnership between Hauxton and Whittlesford Warriors junior football club.
The Warriors draw youngsters from around the local villages, including Hauxton itself, and have teams grouped by age from under 5 through to under 9 playing at the Lawns recreation ground at Whittlesford, and the under 10, under 12 and under 13 teams playing at Hauxton Sports Ground. Matches are played every Saturday morning during the football season (until the first week of May). It is hoped to bring older age teams to Hauxton in the future.
Adult football teams will be welcomed at the Sports Ground but at present we cannot offer changing facilities. Please contact the Clerk for more information.
For more information and how to join the club click here: Whittlesford Warriors
Hauxton are working in conjunction with Thriplow Cricket Club to bring both junior and adult cricket to Hauxton Sports Ground in 2018. Currently the cricket square is not of sufficient quality but the new Sport England funded 8 pitch square will be built in spring 2017 and hopefully should be ready for use in 2018. Like the Warriors football club, Thriplow draw in players from surrounding villages.
We are planning to provide two new tennis courts on the Sports Ground at Hauxton.