Set within 15 acres overlooked by Alconbury Church, the Alconbury Sports and Social Club (ASSC) was established in 1982 within the Alconbury Recreation Field Charity (Charity 279991) as a not-for-profit organisation. It exists to provide sports and recreation opportunities to all members of the local community. It has a particular focus on encouraging children and young adults to take part in both organised and informal recreational and sporting activities.
In total, there are three senior and six junior football pitches, a cricket square and outfield, cricket nets, a floodlit artificial grass pitch, a fully equipped children’s playground and a modern outdoor gymnasium for which we are grateful to The National Lottery Community Fund for their support. We have received two ‘Magic Little Grants’ to help with pitch maintenance.
Our facility benefits from a main club house comprising a function room, games room, lounge bar, two sets of home and away changing rooms, officials changing room, first aid room, and a spacious kitchen with new equipment recently funded by grants from the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, through the Woolley Wind Farm Scheme.
We are home to the local senior and junior football clubs, senior and junior cricket clubs, pool team, running club, indoor bowls club, pilates, zumba, bingo club, the ‘Thursday Club’ run for elderly members of the community and local Cycling Clubs regularly use the site as a base for their Duathlons and Road Races.
We hold many fundraising and social events including fireworks, race nights, children’s parties, fashions shows, family bingo nights, craft fairs and family Sunday lunches. We also hire our function room for private events.
Retired International Umpire and borderline national treasure!
Everything about Alconbury speaks to me of much that is good about this country. In addition to such self deprecating humour, there is camaraderie, fun and entertainment, all gift wrapped in a typically English village cricket setting, with gala day additions of bouncy castles, adventure playground, ice cream vans, assorted stalls, marquees, barbecue, deck chairs, travel rugs, picnic tables and thermos flasks.
The parish church, with its imposing spire rising majestically from the surrounding trees, seems to look on kindly as personalities from the world of sporting entertainment worlds combine to raise money for a worthy cause. What more could you want?
Quotation from Dickie Bird’s Britain with photographs by David Brabbs. Pbl.Hodder & Stoughton London 2002