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On the days and evenings, when Heathside is not holding athletics sessions some other activity is taking place, for instance American Football or soccer practice, and the consortium hoping to take over the track includes the clubs which run these activities (London Blitz and Access to Sport) as well as newcomers to the Park the Crouch End YMCA, and Will to Win which runs tennis.
Heathside has already collaborated succesfully with the other members of the consortium in producing a bid document of a very high standard and containing a wealth of analysis and projections. This document is of such a high standard that the London Borough of Haringey has accepted the consortium as the preferred bidder to take over the running of the track.
The bid document anticipates that the Finsbury Park Sports Partnership would consist of the following organisations:
and brief descriptions of these organisations is given below. Progress so far has been to create a company, the Finsbury Park Sports Partnership, made up of London Heathside Athletics Club, Access to Sports , London Blitz American Football Club, Dynamic Sports Academy and Hornsey YMCA. This company is currently going through the process of applying for charitable status. Membership of the Partnership is not fixed and new member clubs will be able to join as necessary.
Based on the breadth of this consortium and the good work it has already done in becoming preferred bidder a number of funding bodies have expressed support for the project. For example Sport England confirmed its interest in investing in the project and highlighted that the Inspired Facilities Fund was a funding stream which it has identified for asset transfer projects. The Protecting Playing Fields Fund could also be a good source of funding for the project if a case can be made that the infield is limiting participation in sport because of its quality.
Various other fuding agencies have already indicated support for the project at Finsbury Park Track and it is hoped that in order to save this site from closure and secure its future that an investment of up to £750,000 may be possible. More details can be released when applications are formally submitted.
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