Summerleaze is committed to playing a full part in the community in which it operates and as part of this, has developed and helped many initiatives thrive in their local area. Through investment and ongoing long-term strategy and planning support, Summerleaze has maximised opportunities for local groups.
Thames Valley Adventure Playground (TVAP)
Based on a two and a half acre site near Maidenhead provided by the company, the Playground is open to children and adults with all types of special needs.
People visit with families and as individuals, or with groups from schools, play schemes, day centres and residential units.
The Playground is an OFSTED-registered day-care facility, run by a voluntary Board of Trustees, with on-site care provided by six full-time and 10 sessional staff, supported by a loyal band of volunteers.
Cookham Dean FC
Founded in 1879. Cookham Dean FC runs Men’s 1st and Reserve teams as well as U15’s down to U7’s. The Club, which plays across East Berkshire, promotes good football and is open to everyone in the area. Summerleaze is proud to be the shirt sponsor of Cookham Dean FC Under 10s.
Bray Watersports, based at the company’s lake in Bray, is one of the longest running windsurfing centres in the country and is dedicated to watersports enthusiasts, organising windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding and children’s activities.
Thames Hospice is a local charity providing expert care for people living with life-limiting illnesses in East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire.
The charity cares for the physical, social and psychological needs of its patients, not just the condition. The highly skilled medical team works with the patient, their family and carers, to develop a complete programme of care tailored to their individual needs.
Holyport FC was founded in 1934 and is based in Summerleaze Park in North Maidenhead.
Holyport FC has covered stands for 100 people floodlights and hard standing, complying with Grade F of the National Ground Grading Criteria.
Maidenhead Sailing Club
Maidenhead Sailing Club is based at the company’s lake in Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead with a sailing area of approximately 51 acres.
The club organises racing throughout the year and there are two full day sailing events each year where club members compete for special trophies. The clubhouse kitchen and barbecue area make the club perfect for club social occasions with picnic tables outside.
All managers, coaches and committee members are volunteers who spend time supporting the club and its members.
Maidenhead Rugby Colts
The North Maidenhead Cricket Club runs four Saturday sides which compete in the Thames Valley Cricket League, the ECB National Club Cup, the CCC Cup and the Three Counties 20/20 cup as regular club games. The club has a thriving Colts section for boys and girls aged between seven and 17.
The 1st Maidenhead Sea Scout Group is based on the Summerleaze land adjacent to its sailing lake in Maidenhead and is dedicated to providing Scouting skills with the added bonus of water skills.
As one of the oldest groups in Maidenhead, (Est. 1908), and the only Sea Scout Group, it provides water based activities at every opportunity.
The group has a full complement of sections catering for children aged from six to 18.
Maidenhead Softball Club, formerly known as Rhythm Softball Club, is a mixed softball club which plays in the Windsor & Maidenhead Softball League on the company’s land at Summerleaze Park. Formed in the late 90’s from employees at a local technology firm, the club has grown from a single team to a club with three mixed teams, one female team and 40 members ranging in age from 14 to over 50.
Taplow Waterski Club
Since 1985, the Taplow Waterski Club has offered fantastic water-skiing and wakeboarding on Summerleaze’s beautiful 30 acre lake.
The club is fully affiliated to British Water Ski and Wakeboard, the governing body of the sport, and subscribes to their ‘Ski Safe’ child protection policy, in line with the NSPCC guidelines. All its boat drivers and instructors are BWSW qualified and the club has full public liability insurance.
Phoenix Gymnastics has been providing gymnastics for over 35 years and provides classes to over 1,000 children every week in RBWM. It is the largest provider of sport outside of the borough run leisure centres.
The charity, which supports over 1,000 children, has produced champions at county, regional and national levels, has recently received planning permission to build new improved facilities on Summerleaze’s land on the edge of Fifield, Maidenhead.
Lavell’s Wetland Trust
Lavell’s Wetland Trust (Formerly Friends of Lavell’s Lake) is a nature and wildlife charity co-managing 46 acres of mixed wetland habitats at Dinton Pastures Country Park. The charity, which has been Summerleaze’s tenant for the past ten year, is now the owner of Lea Farm Lake which was gifted by trustee Ron Bryant. Ron purchased Lea Farm Lake from Summerleaze.
Lavell’s Wetland Trust will continue to manage, enhance and improve Lea Farm Lake as a breeding site, in particular for waders, wildfowl and warblers. The lake now being privately owned means the charity can create the best wetland bird watching site in the county and offer hides of unparalleled quality in Berkshire.
Swan Support is a swan rehabilitation centre rescuing, treating and caring for sick and injured swans within the Thames Valley and surrounding areas. The charity also educates the public with regards to the detrimental effect human behaviour and carelessness can have on swans and other water birds.
Swan Support has recently received planning permission from The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for a dedicated treatment centre on a new site on land north of Bray Watersports, land which is being provided by Summerleaze Ltd., and is currently fundraising for the new centre, to help continue and expand its valuable work.