Our goal

The Surrey Canal Sports Foundation, registered charity no. 141811, was established in May 2011 to provide world class sports facilities for school, community and elite use in south east London and to safeguard those facilities for future generations.

Called Energize, the facilities will be located in the future New Bermondsey development and will be the largest indoor community sports centre to be built in London since the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace more than 50 years ago.

Our Story




Mayor of London accelerates Energize

The New Bermondsey development has been designated as one of the Mayor of London’s first Housing Zones which will accelerate delivery of the development, including Energize, by several years.

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Fusion host international legends match

Fusion Table Tennis have celebrated the grand opening of their new fourteen table home by hosting an international legends match featuring former world champions Jan-Ove Waldner & Jorgen Persson.



Surrey Canal Sports Foundation sponsors Lewisham Borough FC

The Surrey Canal Sports Foundation have sponsored Lewisham Borough (Community) FC for the 2014/15 season. Lewisham Borough are a community club who play on the Ladywell Arena, Catford and this sponsorship will provide them with new kits, training equipment, transport and admin costs.



Official opening of the Thunderdome

Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham, has opened the Thunderdome, the new home of London Thunder Basketball and Fusion Table Tennis. The Thunderdome is an interim facility on the New Bermondsey site while the plans for Energize are being developed. Home to two basketball courts and fourteen table tennis tables, the Thunderdome has quickly established itself as one of London’s most exciting new sports venues, and has been made possible by the support of Renewal, Lewisham Council, the L&Q Foundation and Basketball England in partnership with the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation.



‘Energize announced as London Youth Zone.’

The Surrey Canal Sports Foundation have teamed up with OnSide to build a Youth Zone in London. Integrated into the Energize building it will open fifty two weeks a year, seven days a week, giving young people aged 8 – 19 and those up to 25 with a disability in both Lewisham and Southwark, a place to socialise, be creative and inspire one another.



Lewisham pledge £500,000 towards Energize

Lewisham Council has pledged £500,000 towards the Energize building.



Thunder receive Olympic Legacy seats

Two hundred spectator seats which were part of the Aquatic Centre during the London 2012 Olympics have been given to Lewisham Thunder. These seats have been used to create a show court in the Thunderdome.




Planning permission granted for Energize

Lewisham Council have granted an updated planning consent for Energize. Providing facilities for a wide range of sports, Energize will be a multi-storey building, centered around a three thousand seat show court.



Lewisham Thunder receive Mayor of London

Lewisham Thunder have received the Mayor of London’s Volunteer Award for “Team of the Year” presented by the Mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall.



The Surrey Canal Sports Foundation creates interim sports facility

In order to grow sport in New Bermondsey, the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation has granted U18 national champions Lewisham Thunder Basketball, and recent national champions Fusion Table Tennis, leases on a large warehouse opposite where Energize will be and within the New Bermondsey development site, so that they can create an innovative interim sports facility. The new facility will provide both clubs with:

  • Two basketball courts
  • Fourteen table tennis tables
  • Changing rooms
  • A Canteen
  • Offices
  • Classrooms






Renewal pledges £10 million towards Energize

Renewal, the developer behind the New Bermondsey regeneration, has pledged £10m towards Energize.



Sport England pledge £2m towards facilities

Sport England have pledged £2m towards Energize.



Steven Norris is announced as Chairman of the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation

The former Government Minister Steven Norris has accepted the role of Chairman of the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation. Steven brings a wealth of experience to the position and is the ideal candidate to lead the Foundation.


Steven Norris

Chairman of the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation. Former Government Minister

John Inverdale


Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE


Brendan Jarvis

Head of Real Estate (EMEA) at Barclays Capital

Sir Steven Bullock

Elected Mayor of Lewisham Council

Cllr Peter John

Leader of Southwark Council

Jordana Malik

Director, Renewal

Our Partners
  • Sport England
  • Lewisham
  • Greater London Authority
  • Southwark
  • On side
  • Thunder
  • Fusion TTC
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T: +44 (0)20 7358 1933
E: info@surreycanalsportsfoundation.org.uk