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The Playing Fields

The Friends of Quaggy Playing Fields are a group of local people intent on preserving the green spaces in this part of south east London. 

We aim to: 

  • support pitches and clubs by helping them to access groups, clubs, and other organisations that need open spaces.

  • bring back into use sports pitches that have been deliberately allowed to become derelict.   

  • actively support all areas to become more environmentally aware with habitat enhancement and adopting better eco-practices

  • engage local communities and organisations to reinforce this as a space for all including green commuting routes.

  • oppose all planning applications not related to sport or nature.

  • Develop this as an area of regional sporting significance

Where are we?

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In south east London, nestled between two areas of major new housing developments at Kidbrooke and Lee, lies an oasis of green space. 

Most of this space is designated as Metropolitan Open Land, Green Chain, and for use for sports, but this does not protect it from developers which use 'special circumstances' for applications to build.

Most of these spaces are privately owned with some actively used as sports pitches, and others fenced off, pavilions allowed to burn down, and owners ignoring calls from sports clubs desperate to access this space. These owners use these pitches as 'land banks' with the idea of making huge sums of money out of land that was put in trust for public use. 

The Playing Fields

  • Manor Way Playing Fields (closed)

  • David Lloyd Sports Ground (closed)

  • Crofton Albion Playing Field

  • Willow Playing Field (closed)
  • Bowring Playing Field

  • Weigall Road Playing Field

  • Blackheath Wanderers Sports Ground

  • John Roan Sports Club


Playing Field Owners,  Managers, Clubs

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Blackheath Wanderers Sports Club

63-69 Eltham Road, London SE12 8UF

Tel: 020 88525901


A local sports and social club, est. 1886. Offers football from kids through to veteran, netball, cricket and tennis teams, with a clubhouse and licensed bar also available for private hire.

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Crofton Albion Sports Club

41 Weigall Road, London, Se12 8HF

Tel: 020 8856 8385


A local sports and social club. Football and cricket, with a clubhouse and licensed bar for food, watching sports, available for private functions. 

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Bowring/AFC Lewisham

Eltham Road, London SE12 8ES


07592 728437

The Bowring Sports Club is leased by AFC Lewisham for 25 years (starting 2020). They are an active football club and have started fund raising for a 3G pitch.

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John Roan Sports Club

Kidbrooke Park Road


Tel: 020 8856 1915

For school use during school hours, also afterschool sports clubs and alumni groups. Football, cricket, tennis, dance etc.

Also accepts visitor clubs and groups e.g. Kidbrooke Knights and On Target Soccer.

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Weigall Road Playing Field

Weigall Road, SE12 8HF

owned by Greenwich Council 

used by London Legends FC

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Pitches in need of reopening for sports 

Manor Way fields and Willow Field: MOL & Green Chain designated as 'sports' Owner: Highland Investments Ltd London SE1 3BA

Between David Lloyd Fitness Club and Crofton Albion, MOL & Green Chain: Owners: Kleinwort Benson Guernsey /David Lloyd

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