The BerkoAstro 3G pitch opened in October 2010. In June 2012, the Paul Beard Centre was completed, providing a supporting facility for the pitch.
The venue has been enhanced further by removing the high fencing and installing a seated viewing area. With the opening of the Ashlyns Sports Hall, we are also able to offer full changing facilities.
Raiders and Ashlyns raised a combined sum of around £750,000 through grants and fundraising to deliver the facility you see today.
BerkoAstro is a community facility. It is not just for the benefit of Raiders and Ashlyns. It can be used by any school in Berkhamsted and is open to other sports clubs in the area, and for use in general by Raiders parents and the local community.
BerkoAstro is run by a charitable trust and managed by Trustees who are representatives of Raiders and Ashlyns School.
Each year, the surplus funds which are generated by BerkoAstro are shared between Raiders and the School and are reinvested in sports facilities.
The Paul Beard Centre
The facility provides catering facilities, a club room and toilets. Hot drinks and snacks are available from the vending machines and the kitchen operates during training sessions and at weekends. The Paul Beard Centre can be hired out for functions. Rates start at £30 per hour and include the use of the overhead projector. We can comfortably seat 24 people. The BerkoAstro 3G pitch and Paul Beard Centre provides a perfect setting for children’s birthday parties on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon during the football season and Saturday and Sunday mornings during the close season. Prices start from £152 and include a qualified FA coach and use of the Paul Beard Centre.
The BerkoAstro 3G pitch
BerkoAstro is available to book at evenings, weekends and school holidays. Prices start from £35 per pitch for weekends and holidays and £54 during peak times. For further details on booking the facilities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0845 164 9119 or visit the BerkoAstro web site.