New sporting facilities for Thatcham opened in February 1988.
As the town of Thatcham grew in the 1980s, so too did its need for sports facilities. A long campaign in the early 1980s eventually led to a new sports centre at the town’s Kennet School, for the use of both the school and the wider community. The existing school sports hall was extended, and new squash courts and a multi-gym added, along with showers and changing rooms. There was also a sunbed solarium – kitted out with the latest technology, including a built-in radio cassette deck, to help tan-seekers while away their time!
Kennet Sports Centre was officially opened by Thatcham resident and international hockey player Paul Barber on Monday 22 February 1988.
Paul Barber went on to win a Gold Medal for Great Britain at hockey in the 1988 summer Olympic Games held in Seoul, South Korea.
The sports centre, in Stoney Lane, is now known as Kennet Leisure Centre.