NEW sports hub to be developed to engage & save children.
Secombe street, Elizabeth Grove , SA will become the pulse that changes the community

Families in the Playford community will soon have a vibrant new sports hub – thanks to collaboration between the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation (RRSF) and the City of Playford.

This partnership aims to develop healthier communities by providing access to sports, facilities and equipment, as well as mentoring from elite athletes. City of Playford has assisted with $300,000 to transform the Secombe Street Reserve in Elizabeth Grove into a multi-use sports and recreation ground.

RRSF founder Roger Rasheed, City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty and local Central District sports identities James and Chris Gowans joined local families at the Secombe Street Reserve today to unveil the plans.

“Sport is a medicine and it’s astounding how much a child’s physical and mental wellbeing can improve when they’re given the tools and encouragement to get outside and be active,” Roger said.

“The Secombe Street Reserve has so much potential and we are looking forward to working with the City of Playford to create an area that can be enjoyed by children and their families for years to come.”

“We’ve already done a similar project at Rajah Street in Oaklands Park, and it’s incredible to see how the local community has embraced it. I know the Secombe Street community is as excited about this project as we are.”

Mayor Glenn Docherty said the redeveloped reserve will connect the local community with a diverse range of sporting activities and support sporting pathways.

“This redevelopment will encourage residents to enjoy open spaces, connect with their neighbours and build community relationships,” Mr Docherty said.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation to revitalise the Secombe Street Reserve and deliver an asset to the local community.”

“We wholeheartedly support the Foundation’s efforts to help children live healthier lives and believe this project will create sporting pathways and opportunities for the families in the area.”

Developed in consultation with the community, the rejuvenated area will include:

  • Two multipurpose courts for tennis, basketball and netball;
  • A running track;
  • Two hitting walls;
  • A grassed oval for football/soccer etc;
  • Playground equipment and landscaping; and
  • Picnic and barbecue areas.

Work is due to start January 2016 and is expected to be completed within four months. Following completion, the RRSF will work with the City of Playford and Anglicare to deliver ongoing sport training programs to children in the area.

Mr Rasheed also gave thanks to a range of corporate partners who will provide in-kind support to the project, including BluBuilt and ResourceCo.