At Beeston FC we offer regular football to over 200 children and young people from the age of five upwards supported by 25 volunteer FA-qualified coaches. This year, with the FA's Wildcats programme, we now have girls football teams at a number of age brackets, which we are continuing to expand.
Beeston FC and the Trent Vale Community Sports Association recently obtained a 99-year lease on Trent Vale Recreation Ground, a nine-acre plot in Beeston, as part of a regeneration project at a disused industrial site. The land was originally the sports ground for the workers, but it had fallen into disrepair having been unused for many years. Through the hard work of volunteers we have restored the football pitches and brought them back into use. The site is once again home to sporting activity every weekend for the benefit of young people and the local community.
But there is a problem. The electricity supply was disconnected when the site was neglected. The club therefore needs to reconnect the electricity supply so that work to upgrade facilities can progress and we can at least make hot drinks for players, parents and visitors. Fundraising to cover these costs would enable us to secure youth football at Trent Vale/Beeston FC for many years to come and transform the experience of young players and parents. The fundraising would pay for reconnecting the electricity supply to the site and the pavilion. This will improve the site now and for years ahead, having a profound and catalytic effect on the club, sport and the community in Beeston.
Our ultimate aim is to develop the pavilion at Trent Vale with help from Sport England and the FA Football Foundation to expand the football club to include 400 players at all age groups and to use the facilities as a dynamic hub and meeting space for local sport and community groups. But first of all we need power to the site. There are a lot of people involved in this project, starting with the 200 players, their parents and our coaches, who are desperate for you to support us. In addition, Beeston is a vibrant community and we will be supported by local businesses, Broxtowe Borough Council and its members, and our local MP. Fundraising will be publicised through our website, on our Facebook and Twitter channels, through social media groups. Local media, the Nottingham Post, Beeston Express and The Beestonian are primed and will spread the word online and through social media. The Trent Vale Community and Sports Association has an exciting vision for the future and a plan to achieve it, but first we have a real need to secure football on a fantastic site and to enable youngsters to play there and enjoy it. We would be delighted and grateful if you can help.