Football and FC Elmstead has come home to Chislehurst Recreation Ground following pitch improvement work, including drainage works.
The Deputy Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Alan Collins, formally opened the new pitches following the successful completion of the £89,000 improvement work, with £47,000 of grant funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilties Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. Additional funding came from the Council and the Chislehurst Playing Fields Association (CPFA).
The drainage and levelling work, along with the new pitches and other improvements, has secured the long-term use of the recreation ground for sport and recreation and enables FC Elmstead to develop and grow at the Recreation Ground. The improvements have also enabled the club to introduce new opportunities for mini soccer, girls’ football and senior football.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 13,000 grants worth more than £530m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £740m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.
Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 269 grants worth £26.6m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £65.9m across the whole of London and 335 grants worth £14.9m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £29.7m across the whole of Kent.
Councillor Alan Collins, Deputy Mayor of Bromley, said, “At the start of a new football season, I am pleased to welcome back FC Elmstead to Chislehurst Rec. Whilst this might not signal entry into the Premier League just yet, it will help improve the footballing skills of a new generation of players and in turn show them the importance of teamwork. I would like to thank the Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Ground for their continued support and their commitment to teamwork in this venture.”
Fabio Rossi, Treasurer at FC Elmstead, said, “This is the equivalent of signing a new player and we are already reaping the benefits of the improvement work. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us and for the patience and goodwill of other Rec users. The improved pitches do bring benefits for visitors to the Chislehurst Rec and to our footballers, with fewer games now likely to be cancelled and now with expanded provision for local footballers.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled London Borough of Bromley and FC Elmstead to upgrade Chislehurst Recreation Ground. This development will provide a real boost to sport in the local area.
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports.
“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part. This project in Chislehurst is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love if it and to stay healthy.”
CPFA is a small, registered, local charity that allocates monies for sporting activities in Chislehurst, Kent.
Chislehurst Recreation Ground is managed by the Council’s Parks and Greenspace contractor, The Landscape Group (TLG).