Wider community use for Guildford Sportsground

Guildford Sportsground, located on Woodbridge Road, will see greater community use thanks to a new management company that Guildford Borough Council will set up with Surrey County Cricket Club and Guildford Cricket Club to manage the site.

The Council is a trustee for the Guildford Sportsground and the decision was taken at a meeting of the Council's Executive last night (19 March).

Cllr David Bilbe, Lead Cllr for Enterprise and Economic Development, says: "Setting up a management company to operate Guildford Sportsground will help us meet our aim of increasing community use of all the facilities, including the recently refurbished Pavilion. It will also help save council taxpayers' money as we aim to make the operation self-sustaining in the future. One of our key priorities as a Council is to improve sporting, community and recreational facilities and to encourage more people to take part in sport. The facilities at Guildford Sportsground will be open to all to hire for sporting activities and events."

The aims of the new management company will be to:

  • support greater community use of the sportsground and its facilities

  • use the site for the playing and promotion of cricket

  • operate the pavilion and grounds for sports, events and social activities.

Cllr Bilbe adds: "There is a long history of high-quality cricket on this important site and this will continue, alongside the wider community and social use."

For more information about the Executive meeting on 19 March - or to watch the debate via our online webcast - please see our Councillors and Decision Making page.

Published on Wednesday 20 March.