The magnet club building & sports ground was original owned by the famous Witton based company GEC (General Electric Company), which was an important local employer for many years. The building and grounds were purpose built in the 1920’s as recreational centre for the many employees of GEC. Inside the centre there were dressing rooms and showers in the basement with a social club, cafeteria and shop above. I have family members who used to work for GEC and they have many happy memories of attending dances, meals and sport events from the 1950-80’s. I’m sure many local people have their own memories of the happy times spent there.
The centre remained in the hands of GEC until May 1984 and was then sold to the Greek Cypriot Association to be used as a community centre. This was achieved with the help of a grant from the former West Midlands County Council and Inner City Partnership Programme. The Greek Cypriot Association continues to run it as community centre, with educational classes, games, recreational facilities and a restaurant. A few years ago the Association also upgraded the upstairs banqueting hall and I believe this is now available for hire to the general public.