The facilities at Chislehurst Recreation Ground have reopened after work to improve the football pitches that included enhancing the drainage system. This will enable FC Elmstead to begin using the site once again and help prevent too many matches being postponed.
The work, which cost £89,000, was funded through a number of local and national organisations. The majority of the funds - £47,000 - came through the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund. This is delivered through the UK’s biggest sporting charity, the Football Foundation. Since 2000, the charity has provided 335 grants to support grassroots schemes across Kent totalling £14.9 million.
Further finance for the improvement works came through Bromley Council as well as the Chislehurst Playing Fields Association (CPFA). This is a local charity that provides funds for sporting projects in the Chislehurst area.
The work involved a range of improvements to enhance the facilities on the recreation ground. This included work on the drainage system, levelling work, and the creation of new pitches. It will enable the site to continue to be used by the local community and provide a secure base for FC Elmstead. New projects covering mini football, a girls’ team, and senior activities have already been introduced thanks to the work. It will provide benefits for players and visitors alike whilst helping to support future generations of local footballers.
Have you used the recreation ground since the works were completed? Do you think it has enhanced the facilities available?