Work has now been completed to provide new football pitches and changing facilities on Stamford Bridge Playing Field Association's land at Browns Field, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge.
The Playing Field Association (PFA) received £130,000 funding from East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums from local housing developments to purchase the land and an additional £120,000 for additional works to the site. In addition to the Commuted Sums funding, the PFA received funds from the Football Foundation and £3,000 from Stamford Bridge AFC towards the project, with the PFA contributing £7,000 of their own funds.
Works have been undertaken to ensure the land is at playing pitch standard with the aim of commencing playing football on the site in time for the start of the 2022/23 season in September, 2022. The project has also seen new changing facilities being erected, which include two changing rooms, two referees' rooms, showers and a small kitchen, with works ongoing to supply electricity and water to the new facilities. The site will also feature new car parking, access and fencing around the field.
Bernard Stevens, Treasurer at Stamford Bridge PFA said: "Stamford Bridge Playing Fields Association are delighted with the support we have been given with the Commuted Sums financial aid, the guidance and support from Lea Anne Wright at the council in particular, helping the PFA realise our dream for a new playing field which has been five years in the making! The Football Foundation Grant Aid will also ensure five new football pitches, with facilities and equipment of the highest quality."
Councillor Claire Holmes, portfolio holder for planning, infrastructure and housing, said : "The award of Commuted Sums provided by local housing developments as a condition of their planning approval has seen the completion of these much needed improvements in Stamford Bridge. I am very pleased that we have been able to contribute to these new facilities, which will make a real difference."