Oakfield Playing Fields – home of the Old Parkonians Association
The Old Parkonians Association has its Clubhouse at the Oakfield Playing Fields.
After the loss of our previous home on Fulwell Avenue to housing developments, we relocated to the prestigious new facility in 1989. Over the years we have seen the development of top-class sporting and social facilities, the envy of Football and Cricket Clubs in London and Essex.
Our Oakfield pitch and its environs have hosted an International cricket team preparing for a World Cup, four Essex League Cup Finals and has witnessed the development of several young cricketers who have gone on to play First Class cricket in England, as well as two other local players who have received international honours – for Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively.
The social facilities at Oakfield are also in great demand from the local community, for activities ranging from wedding breakfasts and birthday parties to wakes, from nursery groups to ballroom dancing classes.
About Oakfield Playing Fields
Oakfield Playing Fields is an area of protected Green Belt established in the 1930s, located near the Fairlop and Hainault Central Line underground stations.
Formerly a facility used by London Schools (several Club members can recall playing “away” fixtures against London Schools’ representative XIs at Oakfield), the site is currently being used as sports playing fields by many local football and cricket clubs and is complimented by the indoor sporting facilities located at the nearby Redbridge Sports Centre, creating the leading sporting hub for the residents of Redbridge.
In recent years, Redbridge Council have been obliged to consider re-development of certain areas of the borough, including some designated as Green Belt land, to accommodate the predicted steep increase in population over the coming years.
One area under consideration for development is the Oakfield Playing Fields site.
The OPA continues to work with Redbridge Council, the local residents and the Save Oakfield Society, and other users of the site to protect the interests of all parties.
Read more about the campaign to save Oakfield from housing development.