|BROAD LANE SPORTS GROUND
Wivenhoe CO7 9HX
Broad Lane Sports Ground is
managed by the Trustees of the Wivenhoe & District Sporting Facilities
Trust, a registered charity, established in 1995.
|The vision of turning Broad
Lane Sports Ground into a well-used multi-sport, multi-club
community sports ground, run by the Clubs based there, as outlined
by the Trustees in 1995, is steadily being achieved.
2006 Annual Report of the Trustees.
(note: pdf file - 139kb)
The Ground was acquired from a private
owner in 1996 with the help and support of Colchester Borough Council, the
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Town Council, Wivenhoe Tennis Club, and the
members and supporters of Wivenhoe Town Football Club, with the purpose of
as a community sports ground for the eastern side of Colchester.
great many people visit the Ground each week and for different reasons. To
date, over £250,000 has been raised to achieve what is presently
there. The Clubs and the Trustees recognise there is
potential to do much more.
Lane Sports Ground, covering some 10.5 acres, comprises:
a football Stadium with seating for around 220 people, covered standing for
about 1,300 people and a maximum capacity of around 3,000 people
- a Club-house with bar
(available for hire)
floodlight tennis courts
for 150 cars
football pitches at the rear of the Stadium.
Youth Football Club own the remaining 7 acres at the rear of the Stadium and
provide four football pitches plus a floodlit training pitch.
Apart from the Wivenhoe Town teams and the 150 supporters
who can turn out for a match, Wivenhoe Youth coach around 180 youngsters
and Tempest have had around 220 youngsters in the 2004/05 season.
2003, Colchester United Ladies FC came to Broad Lane and Colchester
Gladiators American Football Club have also based themselves at the Ground
during their summer season.
Lane Sports Ground is currently home to:
Football Club - First Team
- Wivenhoe & University Town
- Under 18s (three teams)
|See bottom of this page for
details of news pages and links to Clubs' own web
United Ladies Football Club
Wivenhoe Youth Football Club (Under 8's to under 16 teams)
Football Club (Under 8's to Under 18s teams)
Wivenhoe Tennis Club
Colchester Gladiators American Football Club
|| The Tennis
Club's membership is around 60 members; in 2006 the Club has appointed a
professional coach to be based at Broad Lane to provide private and
public coaching (click here
for more info)
The tennis courts are available for public pay and play (Keys
from Londis Supermarket - Vine Parade).
The courts are also heavily used during the winter months as the
Tennis Club created a Winter Tennis League for all the local tennis
clubs to play in.
Trustees are keen to see Broad Lane Sports Ground used by as many people as
possible and make it home to more organisations,
as well as to improve the available facilities, especially car parking as
the immediate priority.
hope one day to acquire the adjacent field of 12 acres. This could be for
more football pitches as well as sports as hockey and rugby. Our other
long term plans
include installation of an all-weather pitch for basketball and other sports. Of
course, this is all going to be conditional on obtaining substantial grant
to: Stephen Hodges, Chairman, Wivenhoe & District Sporting Facilities
tel: 01206 824669 or e-mail: