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Buckhurst Hill FC celebrate 35th anniversary with series of ground improvement works in Essex

Buckhurst Hill FC celebrate 35th anniversary with series of ground improvement works in Essex

Buckhurst Hill FC celebrate 35th anniversary with series of ground improvement works in Essex
From left to right: Cllr Sam Kane, and Vice Chairperson Cllr Helen Kane, from Epping Forest District Council, and Buckhurst Hill FC Chairman, Simon Cornwell.

Buckhurst Hill FC were pleased to officially unveil their ground improvement works in Essex recently (Saturday 7 September 2019). This has been made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed Buckhurst Hill FC, who play in the Premier Division of the Essex Olympian League at Step 7 and are current champions, to move the position of their first team pitch, install perimeter fencing with spectator and vehicle access gates, concrete walkway, pitch barrier and new dugouts.

The new facilities form part of the first phase of the club’s ambition to eventually install floodlights and stands as the first team aim to move up the football ladder. The improvements made at Roding Lane also provide huge incentive for Buckhurst Hill FC’s 400 playing members to have dreams and ambitions of playing for the first team one day and keeping them involved in the club and playing football.

The improvements made to the ground were required to ensure that the club’s facilities adhere to Grade H of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria, applicable to entry to Step 6 of the football league pyramid.

Buckhurst Hill FC were co-founded in 1985 by Club President, Ray Sherrin, with an idea to have a local football team for friends in the community playing in a local park. Over the last 35 years, Ray has lived and breathed the club, taking on numerous roles as manager, groundsman, caretaker and referee. With over 400 players the club now offers mini kickers for children aged between three and five through to youth football up to under-16’s and a senior section.

Over recent years former Buckhurst Hill FC players who have progressed to play professional football include; Connor Wood at Bradford City, Joe Lumley at QPR, Jack Payne at Lincoln City, George Moncur at Luton City, Cauley Woodrow at Barnsley and Alfie Madden playing professionally in the USA. They also have over 50 children currently playing at academies around the country.

Last season Buckhurst Hill FC’s first team won the Essex Olympian Premier Division by a record 25-point winning margin and regained the Essex Senior Saturday cup to cap a magnificent 24 months for the club. With only two defeats they topped the Step 7 level on points in the country for senior teams and seven of the squad had progressed through the club’s youth system.

The project was made possible by a £20,000 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

Simon Cornwell, Chairman of Buckhurst Hill FC, said: “This is a huge milestone in the club’s 35 year history and one we are immensely proud of, and for all the trustees and committee members it makes all those endless hours giving up for free to support the community and club all worthwhile.

“Buckhurst Hill is a family to all of us and we are fortunate that our Trustees and committee members have a history of their own children being involved and now for some their grandchildren and have been involved with the club for at least 15 years or more and their passion and hunger continues from the first day they walked through our door.

“We would like to thank the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League for the grant that has helped transform the club. Feedback from our supporters and visitors to the stadium has been fantastic and we are looking forward to the coming season with relish”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “Buckhurst Hill FC have had a fantastic couple of years on the pitch and it is great to see funding from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund now supporting them off it. I hope that this support will give the club a further push as they seek promotion to Step 6 football.

“The Premier League is committed in supporting grassroots football, and its investment through the FSIF has helped develop a strong network of lower league infrastructure right across the country.”

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“This is a huge milestone in the club’s 35 year history and one we are immensely proud of, and for all the trustees and committee members it makes all those endless hours giving up for free to support the community and club all worthwhile.” - Simon Cornwell, Chairman of Buckhurst Hill FC

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