An exciting £600,000 project has been launched that should guarantee the future of the progressive and community-conscious Stanton Ilkeston Football Club.
The club, which is based at the Ron Brooks Pitch on Union Road in Ilkeston, behind the tenpin bowling alley, is bidding to transform its current facilities, which are rundown and badly in need of a facelift.
The ambitious plan is to build a new community pavilion, erect a security perimeter fence and create a second pitch on a nearby site that is currently scrubland.
“This is an amazing opportunity to have our very own home ground,” says a spokesman for The Ironmen, Simon O’Connor.
“We want to encourage the whole community to be involved in the project, both in its development and once the venue is complete.
“The pavilion will boost not only the football club, but also local businesses, community groups and anyone who has the need for a green space or an indoor room.”
Although the club, whuich dates back to 1921, no longer has a senior side in Saturday football, Stanton Ilkeston have expanded impressively in recent years by concentrating on the development of younger players. They currently have 300 members and 23 teams, ranging from five-year-olds to under-18s.
The community pavilion will consist of two floors. On the ground floor will be six changing-rooms for players and officials, including showers, wash basins and toilets, plus a kitchen, store room and meeting room. On the first floor will be a multi-function room, bar, viewing gallery facing the pitches and second store room.
“The estimated cost of £600,000 will be funded mainly through the Football Foundation, Sport England and the club itself,” says O’Connor.
“We have been tasked with acquring partnership-funding to the sum of £60,000. We have already paid out £16,000 in assorted fees and fundraised another £24,000. But we still need to raise further £20,000 by next March.
“It’s a tall order, but one we are determined to achieve. We have the full support of the FA, Derbyshire FA and Erewash Borough Council.
“If anyone would like more information on the project, wants to get involved, or wants to become a sponsor, please contact the chairman of the club, Rob Kirk, at firstname.lastname@example.org”