Transformation of the MUGA

Works to transform the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) on 1st March 2021 and by April the newly resurfaced court was being well used by groups and individuals for basketball, hockey, training and more.

The funding bid made jointly by Friends of Onchan Park and Gedling Borough Council last year successfully received a grant in 2020 from FCC Communities Foundation so that the sporting facilities could be re-developed and improved for the community. The works were delayed over the winter due to the lockdown situation, but by spring the new facilities were opened.

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The project included planting a laurel hedge along the east boundary to screen noise from the playing surface. Multiple lines were painted on the court so that a variety of different sports could be easily played. The MUGA can be accessed through 4 entry/exit points, one at each side of the space.

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  • The MUGA has been used by Nottingham Wolves Ball Hockey Club for outdoor urban hockey training as lockdown was lifted.
  • Tonic Fitness will be running a bootcamp style workout sessions on the MUGA – more details coming soon.
  • Notts Wildcats basketball club hope to be running some sessions at Onchan Park this year. The basketball court will be registered with Basketball England court finder so that people can find the new facilities.
  • The MUGA also has markings for a cricket wicket and a stumps board fixed to the fence within the court. Just turn up and play cricket!
  • 5-a side football can also be played in the newly resurfaced court, which is much more playable than the old bowling green space.

Friends of Onchan Park are working on a funding bid to level and resurface the green space at Onchan Park and we hope to apply to FCC Communities in the autumn to refresh and replace the children’s play equipment.

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