Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Sports venue finds unique way to boost crowds

By James Renoux-Wood - Tue 26 February 2013, 4:41 pm

Mayesbrook Park's SportHouse is the UK's biggest sports club and is forging a reputation for hosting unusual and exciting sporting events.

The second England Futsal match to be held at SportHouse saw the national team take on Turkey in a double international. Despite England losing narrowly in both matches, the FA hailed the success of the event, after the first match sold out and the second reached near capacity.

England will now prepare for the 2014 UEFA Futsal Euros and the team will be welcomed back to SportHouse in June when it hosts a four team international.

It’s not just Futsal causing a stir. Hundreds of dancers found their footing at the United Dance Organisation’s South East Street Dance Championships which were held there in February, while the 2013 University Handball Championships were also hosted at SportHouse.

Ultimate Frisbee is also on the cards at the impressive venue which also hosted England Netball’s “superleague showdown”.

The venue, which was built for London 2012, benefits from having a flexible configuration. A 100 metre by 50 metre clear span indoor arena with a minimum 9.2 metre clear height makes it the second-largest indoor sports arena in Europe.

The venue also incorporates a large bar and café area and eight Olympic-standard changing rooms, 4 of which have steam rooms.

It can cater for most sporting events, from 200 seats around a badminton court to a 3,000-seated top sports event.

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