It has been over a year since we began our work to find a home for the club to help us continue to provide football for all ages and abilities within the local and wider community that includes our Youth, Veterans, Ladies and Disabled teams.
In that time we have gained a commitment from the Football Association and have been identified as their number one priority club. We have held meetings with our Member of Parliament, Councillors and the Chief Executive of the District Council to look for them to agree to allocate some of £3M allocated for pitch provision from Stortford North Development to develop facilities in Stortford and help BSCFC grow and meet the footballing demand in the town.
This season we affiliated 74 teams to cater for over 900 playing members. The number of teams has risen from last year and will continue to grow with 2,000 new homes and population increase of over 12,000. This growth is in stark contrast with the East Herts Councils 2010 study of pitch provision in the Town, which confirmed that the Town has the worst pitch provision in the County.
BSCFC are desperate to secure land to establish a new home for the Club, to include grass and 3G pitches and a clubhouse. The Clubs ambition is to create an inclusive community club not only for football but also to incorporate other sports, which will benefit the residents of our town and the surrounding villages.
The Agreed FA support for BSCFC will only flow when the club finds land to develop and they need the council to identify
• A suitable parcel of land
• Access to funding to enable the club to purchase land
• Provide written S106 commitment to the club to enable the club to secure loans
The clubs strategy and ambition is to provide sport, education and community cohesion and that strategy includes expansion of the projects the club presently provides, including free coaching, multi-sports sessions, music sessions, support for the elderly and working with local disabled people. We can provide all of this with no impact to the council’s budgets for decades to come.