Three Hills Sports Park
Cheriton Road Sports Ground is home to a number of sports clubs based in Folkestone: Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club, Folkestone Cricket Club and The Folkestone Running Club. However in 2007 the facilities at the Cheriton Road ground were in a very poor condition, and not fit for purpose. Playing surfaces were in poor repair and the existing pavilion required substantial renewal that was considered uneconomic. Roger De Haan encouraged the clubs to develop ambitious plans to expand the range of amenities at the site, and funded the design and build of a magnificent new building (by the Hythe-based Guy Hollaway Architects), amounting to nearly £7 million. Shepway District Council have provided a long lease, which safeguards provision of these new facilities for 125 years. A new independent trust has been established including representatives of the clubs involved. Their task is to manage and maintain the pitches and buildings to the highest standard and provide for renewal of amenities in the future so as to avoid future interruption of sport activity at the site. The outcome is a range of dramatically improved facilities that establish a centre of excellence for hockey and cricket, as well as a range of other sports. This provides opportunities for the clubs concerned to grow and develop their membership. The project also seeks to encourage more public participation in sport.