BOBBY Moore, David Beckham and Ian Wright – just three English football heroes who began honing their talents on Hackney Marshes. Even Lionel Messi has made a brief appearance (via helicopter for a PR stunt by his boot sponsor).
With over 70 matches played every week and a sporting history that spans more than 100 years, its widely recognised as the spiritual home of Sunday league football.
There are currently 82 pitches for football, rugby and cricket available for leagues, schools, community groups and visitors.
Following a multi-million pound improvement programme in the lead up to the 2012 Games, it now boasts the new Hackney Marshes Centre with 31 changing rooms, educational and community facilities, a café and terrace with a panoramic view of the park.
Telephone: 020 8986 7955
Opening times: 24 hour access