Regular readers (I rather arrogantly assume there is more than one) will know that I’ve had a keen interest in the future of the Europa Gym Club for a while, the great news is that the hard work of Len and Yvonne Arnold has paid off and a new gym will be build to replace the old crumbling facility they currently use.
Not only that but Lord Coe will soon announce the new facility in Maiden Lane, Crayford as one of the training centres for London’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. Len and Yvonne started the gym 17 years ago and have devoted their lives to keeping the club alive, including selling their home to generate desperately needed funds when their landlord put their rent up to full commercial rates.
The move has been made possible by the support of a range of organisations including Bexley Council, the Olympic Delivery Authority, the Sports Lottery Fund and Barratt Homes. They have also had the support of a host of individual donors and volunteers, but none of this would have happened without the hard work of Len and Yvonne.