The College of North West London has opened a new outdoor sports court and gym at its Willesden Campus. These valuable new facilities were funded from the legacy of a former teacher, David Sweden, who left a substantial sum in his will to support sporting opportunities for students at the College.
At an opening ceremony held at the College, friends of David and trustees of his will cut a ribbon and unveiled a plaque in memory of the former Economics and Sociology lecturer, who left the College in 2000 after teaching there for 20 years. Guests and students then took part in a series of sporting activities including basketball, football, tennis and gym circuits.
Paul Sinclair, a trustee of David’s estate, addressed the guests at the ceremony, saying: “David deeply enjoyed a number of sports and would be delighted to see these great facilities for a range of sport and fitness activities now open at the College. He would be proud to know that the facilities he has provided will benefit so many of the College’s students.”
Anna Openshaw-Lawrence, the College’s Vice Principal, also took part in the ceremony, adding; “It is clear David was generous and had a great passion for sport and improving the lives of the students. Students are already enjoying having more opportunities to play sport and keep fit in their free time at the College. We’re really grateful to the generosity of David and the trustees of his estate for helping us make this happen.”
The celebration was also attended former CNWL student Leroy Cain, a promising young sprinter who aims to compete at the top level. He added: “When I was here the College and the support I received from the David Sweden legacy set me on the right path and helped me train. I owe my success to the help I received.”
The facilities are now fully open to the College’s students for both scheduled activities and open-access use.
Photo: Paul Sinclair (friend and trustee of David Sweden) tries out the news facilities with Anna Openshaw-Lawrence (CNWL Vice-Principal)