Sport heroes visit Addlestone One

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Sir Mo Farah, Olympian (above), and Raheem Sterling (MBE), Chelsea player (below)

Sir Mo Farah and Raheem Sterling paid a surprise visit to Padbol players at KickX, bringing a touch of stardust to Addlestone One, the Council’s regeneration project in the heart of Addlestone.

The Olympian and the Chelsea winger dropped in to show their support for the hybrid football arena, which opened over the summer of last year. They showed off their skills and played a few games with the young players.

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The pair are not the only high-profile visitors that have been welcomed to Runnymede - Lionesses Millie Bright and Rachel Daly have come to visit, and Theo Walcott, former England player held his son’s birthday party at the arena.

This weekend the Powerhouse Project and KickX are teaming up in a new partnership to tackle inclusivity and empower female football participation.

KickX will host prominent female football coaches and provide a location for female football enthusiasts to meet, develop, and network.

Vik Sharma, KickX Co-Founder said:

Our partnership with the Powerhouse Project reflects our shared commitment to creating a safe and inclusive space for girls and women to develop within football. We believe hybrid football is the perfect format to break down barriers in the world of football.

Mollie and Rosie Kmita, Co-Founders of The Powerhouse Project added:

All of us at The Powerhouse Project are really excited about this collaboration with KickX. Through our shared vision and commitment to this, we hope more women and girls can feel a part of the incredible KickX family and enjoy the amazing facilities.

KickX is located in the largest unit in AddlestoneOne, Runnymede Borough Council’s regeneration project in the heart of Addlestone. The project was designed to offer an improved quality of life for residents, a refreshed town centre, and a new social hub with businesses, leisure, and dining, and 214 town centre apartments.

Council Leader, Cllr Tom Gracey, said:

It is fantastic to see KickX's profile continue to rise as it develops innovative and creative partnerships to boost inclusivity in football. For Runnymede to be home to the world’s first hybrid football arena is a real source of pride. It also has the potential to give the town significant profile in the sporting world.


At its inception, AddlestoneOne was intended to be a home for high quality retail and leisure businesses which could draw people from a wider area, beyond our borough boundaries.


With its innovative approach to sport, KickX is a game changer for Addlestone. We are delighted to see it becoming further established as a centrepiece within the AddlestoneOne development.

Cllr Myles Willingale, Deputy Council Leader, added:

We are proud of the bold decision to build AddlestoneOne and are pleased to see the project's success unfold over time. It serves as a testament to our investment in the future of our region and our unwavering support for our residents' diverse needs.

KickX, which opened in July 2023, is the world’s first hybrid football Arena - offering seven different football activities in the town-centre indoor centre. It has taken over the biggest unit in AddlestoneOne, Runnymede Borough Council’s regeneration project in the heart of Addlestone.

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Published: 23 February 2024