Cooksey lane Sports field

Cooksey Lane Sports Field The provision of sports fields for Kingstanding was typical of the struggle to build community facilities. It was not until May 1935 that the Cooksey Lane sports ground was opened to provide at least some outdoor sports facility for the estates. Opening the new sports field Sir Noel Curtis- Bennett from the National playing Fields Association told his audience ‘The right of recreation is the birthright of everyone. You cannot expect to have an A1 nation unless you provide facilities for healthy children. Games should not be a class question’. The provision of the eleven acre Cooksey Lane playing fields was an early example of the now fashionable ‘partnership working’. The City Council’s Parks department provided the land, and the Perrystanding Community Association was responsible for laying out the sports facilities, a grant of £500 from the Lord Mayors Fund and sponsorship from the Birmingham Council of Community Associations, the Feeney Trust and The National Playing Fields Association paid for the construction. Local long-term unemployed men undertook the actual building work. The total cost of the sports fields came to between £3,000 and £4,000.  When the playing fields opened it provided facilities for football, cricket, tennis, netball, and bowls and putting greens were to be added. Looking at the grounds nearly seventy years later it seems a shame that only the football pitches survive and the grounds give the impression that little money has been spent on them in recent years.

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Memories of Bernie Ryman

Re Cooksey lane Playing Fields I was always under the impression that is was a gift to the public from Cadbury’s.. There was no hut there, but a large Pavillion, with snooker tables, table tennis, changing rooms for the Soccer players etc. There was also a canteen which sold sandwhiches, tea, and coffee. We had two horse used mainly for pulling the mowers. He (father) also worked two, days a week at the Kingstanding Community Centre which was all part of his work.

Memories of Roger Boulton

I remember visiting at times(other PF`s nearer)–but have particular memory of turning sharply and putting my cartlidge out when I was 13 in 1957.I was carried to the Pavilion to await an ambulance. I had previously done my other leg(cartlidge) two years previous9age 11) on holiday in Devon. They took that one out but not the Cooksey Lane one—troubled me ever since.

Roger Boulton ex King`s Rise 1955-1960

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    • I remember visiting at times(other PF`s nearer)–but have particular
      memory of turning sharply and putting my cartlidge out when I was
      13 in 1957.I was carried to the Pavilion to await an ambulance.
      I had previously done my other leg(cartlidge) two years previous9age 11) on holiday in Devon. They took that one out but not the Cooksey
      Lane one—troubled me ever since.

      Roger Boulton
      ex King`s Rise 1955-1960

  2. The fair turned up once or twice a year. Great times


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