The HUB was formed when the City Council decided to advertise for local clubs and community organisations to form a collective that would take on board full responsibility under a lease for the Holford Drive Playing Fields site, and manage it to promote sports participation. This was because the site had no changing rooms, and was generally run down and the Council did not have the resources to make the necessary improvements and manage them going forward. The capital investments and improvements took place from 2012 to 2014 and the site was transferred to the HUB in November 2013 under a Community Asset Transfer under the City Councils policy.
Four anchor clubs came together with Broadway Academy to form the HUB and went on to invest significant time and effort into making grant applications to ensure the £2.3million investment in new facilities took place to make the facility attractive and usable. Each club has nominated two Directors to the HUB board which manages the site.
The main clubs have their own committees and constitutions and set their own membership fees and manage their own finances, and pay the hub a HUB annual membership for each member of £10 for adults over 18, and £5 for 17’s and under. The HUB clubs have their own coaching, teaching and activity programmes and set these prices.
The HUB Clubs also make an annual grant to the HUB to help pay for annual running costs, and this helps upkeep of the whole site. HUB clubs have an agreement with the HUB which gives priority use and sets out the responsibilities the Clubs have for cleaning, management, and for meeting the conditions of the capital grant funders who invested in the new facilities.