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Gobang's Park Villa Community Sports Hub Celebrates Launch with Open Day

Govan’s new community sports hub celebrated its launch with an open day.

The building on Langlands Road has been the vacant space of Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council for the past two years following the outbreak of Covid-19.

But now the building has turned into a hub and is occupied by Park Villa, a developmental football charity determined to make a difference within the community.

Park Villa has operated as a football development group for the past 24 years and is now focused on expanding its sporting involvement in Govan through new initiatives.

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The hub officially opened on August 2nd with an open day on Friday.

The event was supported by many local vendors including Emptae who provided the balloons. The Elder Park and Lindhaus Housing Association also donated money for the decoration costs.

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The open day ran from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and featured a variety of free activities.

From fencing, soccer and badminton to tack shops and face painting, families and young people were welcomed to the new hub and got a taste of what it had to offer.

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Helen Feeney, President of Park Villas and one of the organizers of the Open Day, said:

“I would like to thank everyone at People Make Glasgow Communities, past and present coaches on the Park Villas Committee, children and parents.

“I am very excited and proud of Park Villa and the work we have done over the past 25 years, and the knowledge and skills we have gained over the last few years in this building. I can only do it.

“We are very passionate about providing quality services in the region so that locals can participate in sports and fitness and improve their health and well-being. [support] Because it really matters.

“Everything is for society.”

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She added:

“We already do a lot of football. We have the Glasgow Tigers here. We have an American football team here, the M3 Bowlers, a dance group, rollerblades. thinking about.

“So if there’s a boy or girl out there who has dreams and aspirations of reaching the Olympics at some point in their life and there’s something here that they can come and help them set up. , we’ll do everything we can to support them in that and try to set something up for them.”

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Helen added that the Park Villa Community Sports Hub has been “repainted, refurbished and open for business.”

Some of the children and families who attended seemed to be enamored with what was already on offer.

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Grace Quigley, 47, and her 10-year-old daughter, Annie, are from Govan and enjoy playing badminton.

Grace says:

“I can’t believe they managed to get the space up and running.

“Annie wants to have a badminton class here, so we are playing. When she found out that badminton was here, she was very excited.

“I’ve seen them have a lot of different stations here, upstairs, and outdoors. It’s a great space. Really great.”

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Similarly, Kieran Young, 26, and his 7-year-old son Logan, 7, not only played a lot of football, but also tried many other activities.

Kieran said:

“My son loved it.”

He added:

“It is good to see Park Villa gaining a place within the community and over time helping children and building more relationships in the community and region.

“I think Govan needs something like this.”