London's largest inner-city sports club has been rescued following a grant to prevent its home ground being sold off.
The future of the 12-acre site in Earlsfield has been secured with a £300,000 donation from the charitable arm of the London Marathon. The playing fields are shared by the Spencer Club and the Battersea Ironsides Sports Club. They host more than 100 junior and adult teams playing rugby, football, cricket, tennis, hockey, squash and lacrosse.
Marathon chiefs provided the cash to purchase the site from its landlord, Aviva Investors, with a further £50,000 coming from the Government's grassroots sports agency, Sport England.
Earlsfield is the seventh playing field to be saved for sports and recreation since the London Marathon trust was established by race founders Chris Brasher and John Disley in 1981.
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