Goosecroft Recreation Ground provides the main formal sports surfaces for the village. It is located near the Post Office, accessed via Beech Road from the main A329 road, along a small lane call Goosecroft Lane.
Goosecroft houses the Barn, the Burial Ground, Purley Sports & Social Club, a large sport pavilion, and the Parish Council Office. However, its primary facilities are a large, well-kept sports field, a small children’s play area, plus a junior / training pitch and tennis courts
Goosecroft is the home for Purley Football Club, Purley Jubilee Football Club, Purley Cricket Club in their seasons, and also Purley Tennis Club all year round. It is one of the best cricket fields in Berkshire, and hundreds of people use the combined facilities each month.
Regular Farmer’s Markets and occasional Bank Holiday events are held at Goosecroft, as well as the clubs and theatre events in the Barn. The ground has a large car park for visitors to the facilities.
Although the sports clubs have regular bookings of the main pitches and training ground, it is possible at times to book use of pitches for one-off use:
For the use of the Training Ground (Lower Goosecroft) please use the Booking Form, and contact the Amenities Manager at the Parish Office via email or directly (during public office hours). You will also need to complete a Risk Assessment Form. Both the forms can be completed electronically on your computer, then saved as a pdf to allow them to be emailed to the Amenities Manager. This is the preferred means of application.
The main paying area, or Upper Goosecroft can be available, but the booking arrangements differ depending upon the season. In winter, use the same booking form and contact the Amenities Manager as above. In summer, the use of the ground is controlled by the Cricket Club, and any booking should be made via their officers. The Cricket Club contact details can be found on their website www.purleyonthamescc.co.uk/.