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Frenford sports club's new facility in Redbridge, Essex delivered the construction team with a sporting challenge of a different kind recently. Main contractor Mansell asked that the entire 630 sq m sports hall floor be installed in a single day.

Online PR News – 11-June-2010 – – While the benefit would be an uninterrupted flat surface onto which the sports hall floor would be laid, warmed by a Warmafloor GB underfloor heating system, one of FlexiDry's approved contractors had to arrange for four screed teams to start work on site early to complete the task.

When finished in late 2010, the £5.3 million project will provide a sports pavilion and associated sports facilities for the London Borough of Redbridge, with dance studio, fitness suite, music centre, IT suite, large sports hall and all weather pitches for outdoor games.

It's a far cry from the early days. Frenford Boys Club was established in 1928 after a young man called Jack Carter, keen to provide a safe place for local children to play, asked for a room in a Quaker meeting house. By 1930 the club had grown into a sports and social club and now has over 300 members aged between 8 and 95 and provides facilities for twenty different sporting activities for those in the local community.

The playing fields that adjoin the new site will be shared with Cranbrook Primary and there are plans to develop a link with the school which would see club members helping in sports lessons for younger pupils.

Sports enthusiasts, coaches and P.E. teachers make up a large number of the more than fifty volunteers who run Frenford clubs. Club members, who have been involved in designing the new building, are eagerly anticipating the move to the new facility. Among famous sportsmen to have risen from early training at Frenford is England cricketer Ravinder Bopara, who was a member of the recent ICC World Twenty20 tournament winning squad.