The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge is a new campaign to mark the Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It is a landmark project to protect playing fields in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy, being led by HRH Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.
In April 2011, Witton County Park was officially confirmed as the first Queen Elizabeth II Field by TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It was an important day for the Challenge, as Prince William also signed the deed of dedication and was informed of progress being made by other Local Authorities who are taking part in the challenge
Green spaces and playing fields are the heart of any community and the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge provide the opportunity to ensure these outdoor spaces are guaranteed for future generations.
Securing access to grassroots sporting facilities is particularly relevant given the milestone event taking place in the UK in 2012 – the London Olympics.
Fareham Borough Council have been working with the Fields In Trust towards their goal to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces by 2012 as a permanent, tangible legacy to both the Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.
Fareham Borough Council have recently been successful in securing with the Fields in Trust, four recreational grounds in Fareham that will now be permanently protected as 'Queen Elizabeth II Playing Areas' these are -
Official opening events of the above sites, as Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields will be taking place later this year and information about the events will be made available shortly.
For more information about the challenge, please contact Emma Watts on 01329 236100
Executive Member for Leisure & Community, Councillor Connie Hockley, said: "I'm really delighted with this news as our outdoor recreational spaces are vital to creating happy and healthy communities and can help to increase participation in physical activity, reduce-social behaviour and promote volunteering."
For further information about the challenge, please visit www.fieldsintrust.org/ (this is an external hyperlink) or visit Fareham Borough Council 2012 website - www.fareham.gov.uk/fareham2012
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