Community Pavilion and Young People’s Centre

Information about the Community and Young People's Centre that will be created as part of the Stapleford Towns Fund.

Community Pavilion and Young People’s Centre 

We want Stapleford to be a great place to live and that means investment in making sure people have access to facilities which help them have active, healthy, enjoyable lifestyles.

We want to promote cohesion through an inclusive and sustainable space for communities to participate in wellbeing activities and bring people together and help them stay active.

The building will be a state-of-the-art, accessible, energy-efficient, multi-use building with recreation and sports grounds on the Hickings Lane Recreation Ground.

Planned to open in 2025, it will replace some of the town’s out-of-date community facilities and bring people of all ages together to meet, learn, play and keep fit, including:

  • A new, fully accessible, energy-efficient building
  • Community café
  • Multi-use events and learning spaces and community rooms
  • 3G sports pitches and changing rooms
  • Enhanced and increased onsite car parking spaces and cycle storage

The outdoor facilities will include an eleven-a-side 3G (a long-lasting high grade all-weather surface) pitch and a smaller seven-a-side multi-use pitch (already part of the main Community Pavilion scheme with planning permission) – as well as space on the park for two five-a-side grass pitches or one seven-a-side pitch. The new larger pitch will create more opportunities for sport for those with disabilities or the less mobile and further community activity during all seasons, increasing the amount of physical activity and wellbeing for local residents.

The Steven Gerard Academy, which will open its first midlands academy in Stapleford in September 2024, will use Hickings Lane as its future base for all football training and education. Not only will the Academy improve the education, health and wellbeing of children and young people and create job opportunities, it will put Stapleford on the map as a centre of excellence for sport. 

Our latest visualisations for the building can be seen below:



A drop-in event took place on Thursday 25 May 2023, at the Sports Pavilion on the Hickings Lane Recreation Ground, where people could see the plans and architect's initial visualisations and ask questions and input into the project. The plans were approved at planning committee on Wednesday 7 June 2023.

A new planning application has been made to Broxtowe Borough Council for the sports pitches which can be viewed here planning application(Opens in a New Window) under reference number 24/00175/REG3. 


The public consultation period runs until 15 April 2024 and we encourage local people to view these plans and share their views.

Further opportunities will be made available in Spring 2024 to meet the team and ask questions about this landmark development.