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FC Elmstead club house construction work underway

PUBLISHED: 13:11 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:02 31 January 2018

Left to right: Barbera Arora, Fabio Rossi, Cllr W Huntington-Thresher and Alison Stammers. Picture: FC Elmstead

Left to right: Barbera Arora, Fabio Rossi, Cllr W Huntington-Thresher and Alison Stammers. Picture: FC Elmstead

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Work to construct FC Elmstead’s new modern club house is underway in Chislehurst Recreation Ground.

The new club house, which is estimated to be completed in around six months’ time, will include changing facilities with showers, toilets and a café.

It will replace the existing pavilion building, which is being demolished as part of the project.

The club house is being built by FC Elmstead and is supported by Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Ground (FOCRG), with the café and community toilet facilities to be open to members of the public.

Fabio Rossi, FC Elmstead’s chairman, said: “Successful football clubs need good facilities and the new club house, which will comply with the FA’s current standards, will help sustain FC Elmstead’s steady improvement over the years.

“We would like to thank local people for their support to get this far and of course, the FOCRG.”

Barbara Arora, Chairman of FOCRG, who is also Chair of Chislehurst Playing Fields Association, said, “Football provides a focal point to our Recreation Ground but there is so much more than football to the Rec too, with the children’s play area and places to walk and exercise for instance, including dogs too.”

Ms Arora added that she would advise local people to pop by, and make contact if they would like to join the group.

Cllr William Huntington-Thresher said: “We are delighted to be able to support this exciting project which demonstrates what can be achieved with vision, partnership, a ‘can do’ attitude and sheer hard work.

“I would like to thank those at FC Elmstead who have worked so tirelessly on this project, with the support of FOCRG and the Council’s parks management contractor, idverde.

“If this is story has inspired you to get involved with your local park, why not go online and see how you could get involved.”

The £360k construction project follows successful grant funding applications, and the total cost of the project is estimated to be £363,864.

Assistance came from: the Premier League and the FA Facilities, Chislehurst Playing Fields Association, Chislehurst Society, London Marathon Charitable Trust and FC Elmstead, all of whom awarded a grant.

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