Operator: CEMEX UK
The Eversley Sports Association (ESA) playing fields cover 4.8 hectares and are part of CEMEX’s Eversley Quarry Development. Three sporting clubs, the Parish Council and CEMEX came together to form a limited company, under the name of Eversley Sporting Association (ESA), to address deficiencies in the provision of local recreational facilities through the restoration of this site.
Extraction started 30 years ago and five areas of restoration, including the Eversley playing fields, have been completed. These include a golf course, a watersports area, a nature reserve and a further area of playing fields. The site is within the Blackwater river valley and very broadly the restored areas north of the river are to nature conservation uses and those to the south for recreational uses.
The restored site provides top quality playing, coaching and training facilities with pitches, changing and social facilities. It is very well used and has become a recreational focal point of the village, as well as attracting players from further afield.
The Club has won a Groundsman of the Year Award from the Football Association. The surrounding hedgerows, which include 10 species of trees and shrubs, are developing well. The trees adjoining the car park are very well established and the car park is further broken up by hedging. Changing facilities and a building housing indoor cricket nets have been included on the site – there is disabled provision both outside and inside the buildings.
This outstanding restoration site shows how the quarry company has enabled and supported the exemplary work of the local community to bring first class sporting and leisure benefits to the area.