Merton Community Sports Association

Working together for accessible, affordable and good quality community sports facilities in the London Borough of Merton

Welcome to Merton CSA

Improving facilities for all

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Participation in sport and exercise brings a range of social, physical and mental health benefits. Opportunities to play sport in Merton are limited by a lack of accessible and affordable facilities, especially in the east of the borough (Mitcham and Morden). Those that exist are either in a poor condition, expensive or restricted to specific sports.

Merton has a growing population with a high proportion of young people, however a quarter of 12 years olds in the east of the borough are classified as obese. It is home to some world class sports facilities such as Wimbledon Tennis and successful sports teams, but healthy life expectancy is 62.1 years for women. Both of these statistics are significantly worse than the London and national averages.

Merton CSA was set up in 2020 to address the lack of facilities locally, limiting opportunities to participate in sport for local people. It is a Community Benefit Society, which means that local people make up the membership and are able to invest directly in improvements to local facilities.

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Community Sport in Merton

Merton has a fantastic history of sport. From the oldest cricket club in the world in Mitcham to the inspirational story of AFC Wimbledon. Our aim is to transform community sports facilities so that everyone has the opportunity to participate.

Our projects

We recently worked with Harris Academy Morden to replace their dilapidated artificial grass pitch and introduce a Community Use Agreement. Our long-term aim is to provide a new multi-sports pitch at Morden Rec and we would also like to see new and improved facilities across the borough at other Recs and accessible locations. Read more here.

Who’s behind Merton CSA?

Merton CSA was founded by five dads who play hockey together in Merton. We are frustrated by the lack of facilities available, especially for children. When we spoke to other community sports clubs, we found they faced the same problem. When we spoke to local residents, we found they wanted to see facilities improved and used more. In 2020, we were allocated funding by Merton Council for improvements at Harris Academy Morden and in 2021 we were approached by several groups of residents who wanted to improve their local parks. We set up Merton CSA to co-ordinate efforts and raise funds for improvements, it is owned and led by local people who share its aims. Read more here.