Where – Goddington Park, Goddington Lane BR6 9SH
When – Saturday 30 May 2015 at 10.00 a.m.
To mark the full utilisation of the revamped pavilion in Goddington Park, Orpington Football Club has arranged an opening ceremony on Saturday 30 May 2015 at 10.00a.m. Representatives from the sponsoring and funding bodies have been invited to attend the ceremony which will also coincide with the Club’s Annual Football Fiesta
The project has involved renovation of the pavilion and improvements to its security. Six changing rooms have been remodelled and redecorated, the small kitchen area has been refitted, and the showers, boiler, window grilles and fencing have all been replaced. In addition a storage area for sports equipment has been added to the building.
Work started in 2014 to renovate the vandalised and neglected pavilion. The building is now a sustainable multi-sports hub that will be available to sports clubs and the local community all year round.
The scheme cost in the region of £90,000 and is part of a wider scheme to completely upgrade the sports facilities in the park, the other part being the renovation of football pitches and the creation of a cricket square.
Funding for the work came from Sport England, who awarded £50,000 of National Lottery funding through their Inspired Facilities legacy fund, The Veolia Environmental Trust who awarded £25,800 through the Landfill Communities Fund, and London Marathon Charitable Trust, who awarded £5,000. Further money was provided through the generous sponsorship of Orpington FC by Walkers Builders Merchants.
Orpington Football Club consists of a soccer school for ages 3-8, 20 youth teams aged 7-17, a girls teams and four senior teams including a ladies teams. This covers approximately 400 players, managers and coaching staff, plus volunteers, families and friends.
The club is therefore one of the largest providers of football in the Borough of Bromley. Membership is drawn from across Orpington and surrounding areas. Subscriptions are kept as low as possible in order that less affluent areas within Orpington are not excluded. Membership is open to all, with the club promoting equality of opportunity and diversity.
The Club Development Plan emphasises the need for further initiatives in including the disabled and socially excluded as part of future coaching and playing provision. Its mission is to encourage and promote the development of grassroots football, with emphasis on youth involvement drawn from the local community.
When it was planning the revamp, the Orpington FC liaised with local cricket, running and athletics clubs and coaching organisations. When people found out about the planned work, other sports groups, such as an American Football team, and local schools and community organisations expressed an interest in using the improved pavilion.
For more information please contact Chris Harper – 07983 880 460 or email@example.com