In 1931 “The younger generation in the village were much in evidence on Wednesday evening on the occasion of the official opening of the Children’s playing field adjoining the cricket ground”
Between 1931 and 2015 the Parish Council has built on this commitment with a purpose built play area, skate ramp and full sized football pitch.
In 2016 the younger generation were also very much in evidence, with a brand new £56,500 recreation facility that gives residents of Kings Somborne and surrounding villages the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of sports thanks to support from Test Valley Borough Council, the Veolia Environmental Trust, King’s Somborne Parish Council, Hampshire Playing Fields Association, Aster Communities and a grant from Hampshire County Councillor Andrew Gibson.
The multi-use games area (MUGA) was officially opened by Romsey and Southampton North MP Caroline Nokes along with King’s Somborne Parish Council chairman Richard Harwood, the Clerk Peter Storey, Parish Councillors and villagers who all joined together to mark the occasion with football and basketball coaching and visitors were given the chance to take part in various knockout tournaments.
The MUGA can be used for a wide variety of team sports including small team football and general kickabout, ‘indoor’ cricket, netball, tennis, and basketball and features a three metre rebound fence around the sports surface and tennis nets are available. The MUGA is free to use and open all hours to all Somborne residents. Use is generally on a ‘first-come-first-served basis’ for maximum periods of one hour, or until a subsequent user arrives. Advance bookings of two hours, which is available to groups who play regularly together as a club, may be arranged via the Clerk.
Parish Councillor Simon Whitehead said, “The Multi Use Games Area is a fantastic facility for Kings Somborne; it’s really important that those who want to participate in sport are able to do so, regardless of their age and ability and having good quality facilities is key to realising this. The Parish Council promotes the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity and its positive impact on mental health.”