Our goal

The Surrey Canal Sports Foundation (SCSF), registered charity no. 1141811, 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. The facilities will be located in a new sports centre called Energize within the future New Bermondsey development.

In the meantime, SCSF has established the ‘Thunderdome’, a 24,000 sqft temporary sports facility comprising 2 full size basketball courts and 14 table tennis tables for London Thunder Basketball and Fusion Table Tennis Club respectively which receives over 2500 visits per month.

In order for Energize to become a reality, Renewal needs to complete its land assembly for the New Bermondsey regeneration site after which detailed designs can be commissioned.

Lewisham Council is currently commissioning an independent enquiry into matters relating to New Bermondsey, Energize and SCSF which we fully support and will input into.

We will keep the website updated as the project progresses but in the meantime please see our Frequently Asked Questions to address any queries.

Our Story





Thunder’s U18’s men reached the final 2 out of 128 teams entered in the National Cup. The match was a close affair with Thunder trailing 47-49 at the start of the final quarter. Unfortunately, they could not find a way through the Myerscough Spinners defence and the team from Preston ran out 68-55 winners. Thunder’s star man was their England international Josh Edwards who top scored with 23 points including 6 rebounds.





Fusion men’s senior team hosted Halton 1 from Cheshire and achieved a resounding 7-1 victory recording their first win of the season.




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 first two phases of the development, which include Energize, by several years.

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Fusion host international legends match

Fusion Table Tennis have celebrated the grand opening of their new 14 table home in the Thunderdome 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 2 basketball courts and 14 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.



OnSide launch partnership with the SCSF to create a Youth Zone at Energize

OnSide have launched a partnership with the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation and New Bermondsey developer Renewal to build a Youth Zone within Engerize, serving the young people of Lewisham and Southwark.

Based on their existing model, the Youth Zone at Energize will be open 52 weeks a year, seven days a week, giving young people aged 8 – 19 and those up to 25 with a disability, a place to socialise, be creative and inspire one another in their free time. Young people would be able to take part in a range of activities including dance, sport fitness, music and media and all for just 50p per visit.

For more information on Youth Zones and Onside see the below link.




Lewisham pledge £500,000 towards Energize

Lewisham Council has pledged £500,000 towards the Energize building. This is subject to numerous hurdles, box ticking and full mayor and cabinet approval before turning into a binding commitment.



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.




Outline planning permission granted for Energize

Lewisham Council has granted an updated outline planning consent for Energize. Providing facilities for a wide range of sports, Energize will be a multi-storey building, centered around a 3,000 seat show court.



Lewisham Thunder receive Mayor of London Award

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.



Sport England application moved to New Strategic Facilities Fund

Sport England write to the SCSF informing that the application for funding has been moved from the Iconic Facilities Fund to the new Strategic Facilities Fund.

“Sport England’s Project Committee has recently reviewed the Surrey Canal Sports project and progress made during this year. They remain supportive of the development, whilst acknowledging the significant challenges that a project of this scale has encountered. I can confirm that the committee has agreed for the project to move to our new fund with our existing £2M lottery allocation retained and that our teams continue to work together to bring this important scheme to fruition.”



The Surrey Canal Sports Foundation creates interim sports facility

In order to grow sport in New Bermondsey, the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation has granted current U18 national champions Lewisham Thunder Basketball, and recent national champions Fusion Table Tennis, user agreements 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:

  • 2 basketball courts
  • 14 table tennis tables
  • Changing rooms
  • Wheelchair store room
  • A Canteen
  • Offices
  • Classrooms






Renewal commits £10 million towards Energize

Renewal, the developer behind the New Bermondsey regeneration, has committed £10m towards Energize, in that it is donating the land for Energize to the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation.



Sport England acknowledge application for ‘in principle’ funding

Sport England have acknowledged the application from Renewal, the developer behind the New Bermondsey regeneration, to be part of their Iconic Facilities Fund with an ‘in principle’ funding allocation of £2m for the sports facilities given.

Update: The end date for the Iconic Facilities Fund was reached and the application moved to the Strategic Facilities fund. This funding round has also now come to an end, and the SCSF is committed to re-engaging with Sport England as part of the current funding programme that runs from 2017 – 2021.



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.

Surrey Canal Sports Foundation FAQ

The Surrey Canal Sports Foundation (SCSF) was established in 2011 as a registered charity (charity No. 1141811) to raise capital funds for and to oversee the running of an indoor community sports centre called Energize, which will be delivered as part of the New Bermondsey regeneration scheme in Lewisham.

SCSF started out as an initiative led by the developer Renewal, who brought together the leaders of Lewisham and Southwark Councils and others with the shared the belief that SCSF could bring significant benefits to the people of both boroughs through Energize and wider community outreach.

Renewal has to date funded SCSF with circa £1m of investment, which has been used to establish the Thunderdome, a 24,000 square foot sports facility in a warehouse on Stockholm Road.

With the support of SCSF, Renewal, Lewisham Council, the London and Quadrant Foundation and Basketball England, the Thunderdome comprises a temporary sports facility incorporating 2 full-size basketball courts, 14 table tennis tables, changing room facilities, classrooms, a canteen and 200 spectator seats, donated from the Aquatic Centre for the London 2012 Olympics.

Despite the current poor transport links and the Thunderdome sitting at the heart of an industrial area, the venue now receives circa 2,850 visits per month (c. 2,200 for London Thunder Basketball Club and c. 650 for Fusion Table Tennis Club). The Thunderdome’s resident teams, London Thunder Basketball Club and Fusion Table Tennis Club, have England squad players within their ranks and both have won national championships. In February of this year, London Thunder U18s Men’s squad reached the final of the National U18s Cup, a 128-team knockout competition.

More information can be found on London Thunder and Fusion Table Tennis websites below:



SCSF has also previously sponsored Lewisham Borough (Community) FC which plays at the Ladywell Arena in Catford. The sponsorship provided the team with new kit, training equipment and a contribution towards transport and administration costs.

Energize will be a £40m, state-of-the-art indoor sports centre at the heart of the New Bermondsey development, providing affordable and accessible sports facilities for local communities across Lewisham and Southwark.

The centre will be located on Surrey Canal Road in New Cross ward, 1.5 miles from London Bridge. Despite its proximity to central London, the ward is one of the most deprived in the country, suffering from high unemployment, poor health and low life expectancy. Today, the local area has a young and diverse population with 33% of residents under 25 years old and 60% from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. The population of the New Cross ward is set to grow by more than 60% over the next 15 years.

Once complete, Energize will house:

  • A multi-purpose retractable 3,000 seat arena which can convert to three 40x20m sports halls;
  • A third arena which will be sub-divided into areas for table tennis, gymnastics and a multi-use sports arena;
  • A six-lane 25m swimming pool and learner pool;
  • A 150 station gym; and
  • A designated boxing area.

New Bermondsey is an underused 30-acre industrial site in the northernmost tip of Lewisham. Sandwiched between the main railway routes into London Bridge, it has long been overlooked and is a neglected corner of inner London.

The New Bermondsey scheme being delivered by Renewal will transform this industrial site into a new neighbourhood. For more information visit www.newbermondsey.com.

Since 2013, SCSF has leased a 24,000 square foot warehouse on Stockholm Road from Renewal. Renewal has also agreed to gift the land for Energize to SCSF, at a cost of circa £10m. That will guarantee its long-term use as a community asset. It will then cost £30m – £40m to build and fit out the facility.

In 2009 a report was commissioned by Lewisham Council and Renewal to examine the needs and demands for sport as part of the New Bermondsey regeneration.

That report concluded that participation levels in sport in the local area were severely restricted by the low provision of sporting facilities.

Energize will provide affordable sports facilities for communities across Lewisham and Southwark. It will be easily accessible as a result of the transport infrastructure improvements to be delivered as part of the scheme, including a new station on the East London Line, a new access to South Bermondsey station, a bus interchange, two new bus routes and new and improved pedestrian and cycle routes in and around the site.  In addition, 12 railway arches in the area will be transformed and upgraded (including new lighting), increasing safety for those accessing Energize.


Steven Norris

Chairman of the Surrey Canal Sports Foundation. Former Government Minister

John Inverdale


Brendan Jarvis

Head of Real Estate (EMEA) at Barclays Capital

Jordana Malik

Director, Renewal

Paula Craig MBE

Para athlete

Steve Bucknall

Performance Manager, Basketball England

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