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The History of Marlow Sports Club

Red_Kite_2012_photo_2Marlow Sports Club was formed in 1949 when the Wethered Brewery agreed to lease land for sports, thereby allowing the fledgling Club to pull together a number of different organisations. The Club has existed on the Pound Lane site ever since, paying a small 'peppercorn' rent to Wethered Brewery, later known as Whitbread.

The Club and the ground have together enjoyed some wonderful occasions, including visits from County and touring international cricket teams to use one of the best wickets in the county. Other sections have seen notable events including the Marlow Half Marathon and the Marlow Hockey Club celebrating its centenary in 2009.

In 2006, Whitbread decided to put the main ground up for sale at Auction. After a local out-cry, Whitbread withdrew from the Auction and allowed Marlow Sports Club to put forward a proposal to purchase the land directly. With the help of many local dignitaries, business people and interested organisations, that proposal was accepted and sale of the land was completed finally, in March 2011.

In 2006, the Environment Agency (EA) were coincidentally proposing a flood relief scheme for this area of Marlow which involved putting ‘bunds’ onto the back field behind the Club pavillion. Marlow Sports Club identified that these ‘bunds’ could be built to form two sides of an all Weather Hockey Pitch. The EA agreed to make this a combined project for the benefit of the community, and the pitch was completed in Autumn 2011.

Our Mission and Values

Our purpose:

“To be the life and soul of Marlow for sport”.

What we stand for:

  • Open to all, irrespective of age; background; physical situation
  • Create a place where all ages can learn and enjoy sport together for life
  • Preserve Marlow’s beautiful green space for future generations and create a sanctuary away from the home, office and school
  • Create a vibrant centre for the community to meet and socialise, get and stay fit and enjoy life
  • Promote  physical and emotional growth, well-being and self-belief to fulfil individual potential

 The Charity

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Marlow Sports Club is a registered charity set up to provide sporting and recreational facilities for the people of Marlow

and the surrounding area. 

The charity trustees are:

John Fordham – President

Paul Sambrook - Chairperson

Roger Dye – Treasurer

Adrian Saunders

Sally Woolven

The Board of Trustees are supported by a Management Committee comprising of representatives of each Member Section Club. 

To support the voluntary positions, the club employ a professional fundraiser (Emma Hellewell) and a groundsman, both on a part-time basis.

The Club also has a wholly owned subsidiary trading company, Marlow Sports Club Trading Company, which handles all the commercial or non-charitable activity of the club.

Our patrons are:

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE

Andrew Strauss OBE

Clive Woodward OBE

Alex Danson

Company registration number: 692958
Charity number: 1139862

 


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