Right royal fun at Corby’s new Diamond Jubilee playing field

Oakley Vale Community Centre trustees Paul Balmer and Hugh Fenton and caretaker Annette Amato are inviting residents to its official opening and the naming of the Queen Elizabeth playing field
Oakley Vale Community Centre trustees Paul Balmer and Hugh Fenton and caretaker Annette Amato are inviting residents to its official opening and the naming of the Queen Elizabeth playing field
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The first of Corby’s two Queen Elizabeth playing fields is to be officially named and residents are invited to join the fun.

Launched to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, the playing field scheme aims to protect as many outdoor recreational spaces as possible across the UK.

In Corby, the Oakley Vale and Abington Road recreation areas have been awarded Queen Elizabeth II playing fields status.

As part of the official opening of Oakley Vale Community Centre on Saturday (September 21), Corby mayor Judy Caine will unveil a plaque at the building to mark the borough council’s commitment to protecting the playing field in Butland Road.

Lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “It is very exciting for us to be part of the opening of Oakley Vale’s new community centre. It is a real hub for the area and is something that residents were keen to see made a reality. We are pleased to be part of making that reality happen and I’m sure that residents for years to come will benefit from the centre.

“We are also very pleased to be celebrating the official renaming of our recreational area. The status of Queen Elizabeth II playing field is not only a celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but is also a mark of just how important the council values protecting community space, which we see as vital to building happy and healthy communities.

“We hope that this commitment will help ensure that everyone, young or old, able or disabled and from an urban or rural environment, has access to free, local outdoor spaces for all kinds of sport, play and recreation.”

Residents are invited to go along and join in the fun at the community centre and on the playing field.

There will be kwik cricket and rounders from 11am until midday, games and challenges from midday until 1pm and basketball and football from 1pm until 2pm.

There will also be archery sessions on the field during the day for everyone to try, costing £1.

Inside the centre there will be a full programme of activities and refreshments.