Grand Opening of The Pavilion

The club was so pleased to see so many members on Monday 4th April 2016 attending Chichester College for the formal opening of the Pavilion. The opening tape was cut by a group of juniors reflecting the future of our club. Below are a selection of the quotes:

Eleanor Frost, PR Executive – “Chichester College is celebrating the grand opening of its new Pavilion Bar by welcoming a new partnership with a local running club. The Pavilion Bar, at the college’s campus in Westgate Fields, will now serve as the permanent base for Chichester Runners & AC as part of a ten year partnership arrangement. The club will use the college facilities for winter training, as well as hold regular committee meetings and social events at the Pavilion.”

Mark Forder, Sports and Leisure Manager at Chichester College – “We are delighted to celebrate the opening of our new facility with the Chichester Runners. The Pavilion Bar has been completely refurbished and it includes a bar area, as well as rooms at the back that will be used by the running club on their training evenings. We are looking forward to working with the running club over the coming years, and hopefully welcoming more community clubs to the college.”

Julie Kapsalis, Vice Principal – “We want the college to be at the very heart of our local community. We have some excellent sports facilities on campus, which are open to the public, and we see the Pavilion as being the next step in building those community links serving as a community sports hub. I hope other clubs in the local area see our partnership with the running club as one they could replicate, and make their home here too.”

Robert Wiggins, who led the initiative on behalf of Chichester Runners - “This is a dream for the club to have a base that we can call home. Where members can meet before and after a training session and at other times for social events. Lots of credit must go to Mark Forder the College Sports Centre Manager and to Chichester College, who have shared the dream of having a community sports hub to help groups in the area with facilities to promote sport in the community. It is an exciting time for the club as we will seek new opportunities to build on the partnership in the future."

David Worcester, President of Chichester Runners – “In 1984 Phil Baker and seven pals decided to form a group who would run together and enjoy each other’s company. Over 32 years on the eight has become almost 500 and running now encompasses all formats from competitive to social and from track to trail, regardless of age, gender or ability.

Chichester Runners and AC has evolved not only into a broadly based athletic club but one that truly serves its community. Without this Club very few school students would have the opportunity to develop their athletic potential and many friendships covering all ages would not have come about. At the heart of this club, which has achieved much in its short life, are its members who not only compete but help officiate and support in many different ways.

We now have a central base to meet up and enjoy our sport and socialise and it therefore gives me very great pleasure on behalf of the committee, plus Phil, who is the reason that we are all here this evening, to officially open the Pavilion and to thank Chichester College for providing us with this excellent opportunity.”