Posted by: tteditor | April 16, 2012

NPL Sports Club 100th birthday weekend

EventsNPL Sports Club are celebrating a huge milestone this weekend, having been in existence for 100 years!

On 21st and 22nd of April 2012, everyone from the local community (including non-members) are welcome to help celebrate the centenary and join in the fun during a special open weekend.

On Saturday 12-4pm there will be a mini sports tournament for teams of 6-10 players and competing in tennis, bowls, football, rounders and hockey – all followed by prize-giving BBQ and bar, all in the salubrious grounds overlooked by historic Bushy House.

On Sunday 9:30am-1:30pm there is a ‘Marathon Breakfast’ with kids activities followed by a fun-run or orienteering course. Email pavilion@nplsc.co.uk to enter your team.

Admission is free across the whole weekend and no registration is required to visit. The entrance to the club is on the corner of Queens Road and Park Lane. Dogs are not allowed on the sports ground.

The historic club was originally the Sports and Social Club of the NPL and other companies based on the site but now has open membership for all.

As well as the original team room, the clubhouse’s facilities now include Sky Sports HD on several TVs, free WiFi, several function rooms, PA system, pool table, snooker room and outside a bowling green, grass & astroturf tennis courts, table tennis courts and open grass areas for football, hockey, cricket, volley ball, rounders and archery.

A recent renovation is now being extended to include new changing rooms and any donations or sponsorship from private or corporations is welcome.


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  1. Pity I didn’t know about this. My father worked at the NPL so I was something of a regular at the club from the early sixties till around 1980. Tennis on a Sunday morning with dad, bro and Warren Lucas Ifollowed by a couple of pints watching cricket. Proper Olde Englishe! Only been back once since then around mid 1990s when I had a job interview at NPL, surprisngly held in the club! It hadn’t changed, although it had only just been revamped in the mid 70s which was a great improvement as it looked more like a pub than before.

    • Thanks Bryan – nice memories. I’m sure if you want a look around, they would be OK if you arranged to pop by for a pint to reminisce!


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