Part of our Aspire 2 Engage project...Walsall FC’s Community Programme are engaging with Broadway West Sports Association and Paddock Housing Co-operative as part of the ‘Aspire 2 Engage’ project.
The two groups have been guests at the Saddlers’ recent home matches against Southend and Swindon respectively.
The Broadway West Sports Association
This is a voluntary organisation which aims to bring back to use the historic Broadway West Playing fields for the interest of Walsall residents.
The playing fields, located next to Morrison’s supermarket on the site of the Old Fellows Park, had until recently been closed due to toxic contamination.
The site became famous for being the playing fields where ball games were not allowed. But thanks to local public support, Walsall council have spent over £400,000 to bring the playing fields back to public use.
In the future, the group are hoping to attract funding from sports bodies to further enhance and develop the site to make it a truly first class site for local sports.
Paddock Housing Co-operative
This is located in the Chuckery area of Walsall and consists of 46 properties. The first 10 properties were built for rent in 1989, providing housing to families living in high rise accommodation.
Tenants from Paddock Housing become members of the Co-operative who voluntarily and without pay, control and maintain services to maximise the benefits for all tenants.
The Co-op membership organise their own repairs and maintenance service, control rent arrears, operate their own waiting list, interview applicants, allocate properties and take an active part in many other areas involved in the day to day running of the Co-op.