Regeneration: Leyton Sports Ground

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What is planned?

The Grade II Listed Victorian Cricket Pavilion building and the adjacent historic ‘tin hut’ are to be preserved.

What has happened so far?

  • The UK’s First ECB Urban Cricket Hub
  • We joined forces with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to transform Leyton Sports Ground into a world-class cricket hub. This will host professional matches as well as provide local residents with even more opportunity to get involved with sport.
  • The first phase of the Urban Cricket Hub opened on Wednesday 26 June 2019. The new facility includes Indoor Cricket nets, changing rooms and toilets.
  • The £1.7 million cricket hub was created in conjunction with ECB and Essex County Cricket Club and allows Waltham Forest to build on an already rich cricketing heritage in the borough. Essex Country Cricket once played at the ground, so it was appropriate that England and Essex batting legend Graham Gooch was a keynote speaker on the day.
  • Waltham Forest is also the borough where the globally famous Dukes cricket ball is produced, used in all England’s home test matches.
  • This was the launch of the first phase of the scheme, delivered in just six months, with future phases including the creation of a real food hub.

Download the full report on the official opening.

What will happen when?

The £1 million second phase of the Urban Cricket Hub is due for completion in summer 2020 and includes:

  • A new club room
  • A classroom
  • Dance studio
  • Multi-purpose area
  • New changing rooms for the Boxing Gym and Outdoor Cricket
  • Changing rooms for referees and people with disabilities
  • New toilets
  • Kitchen
  • Offices
  • Connecting link between phases one and two


A funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help pay for the cost of work to the Grade II Listed Building was not successful so the Real Food Hub will not happen..
Alternative funding is now being explored to allow the necessary renovation work on the Pavilion to be completed.

Working with you

We are helping residents and local businesses get involved in shaping the project to ensure that it meets the needs of the local community.

  • More than 500 people took part in the consultation, including 352 who completed the online survey. Our thanks go to them for sharing their views with us.
  • A public drop-in event to see the plans and speak to the project team took place on Monday 25 February 2019 at the ‘tin hut’.
  • Representatives from Lemon Drizzle Consultants did face to face surveys on site on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January 2019 and held focus groups on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 February 2019

The UK’s First ECB Urban Cricket Hub

We are joining forces with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to transform Leyton Sports Ground into a world-class cricket hub. This will play host to professional matches as well as provide local residents with even more opportunity to get involved with sport.

The first phase of the Urban Cricket Hub opened on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

The cricket hub was created in conjunction with ECB and Essex County Cricket Club, and will allow Waltham Forest to build on an already rich cricketing heritage in the borough. Essex Country Cricket once played at the ground so it was appropriate that England and Essex batting legend Graham Gooch was a keynote speaker on the day.

Waltham Forest is also the borough where the globally famous Dukes cricket ball is produced, used in all England’s home test matches.

This was the launch of the first phase of the scheme, delivered in just six months, with future phases including the creation of a real food hub.

Download the full report on the official opening.

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