Bedfordshire FA and Cranfield Parish Council have announced that Cranfield Pavilion will be open for local grassroots football teams to use fully from the 2021-2022 season.
The £2.2 million project was possible following an agreement between Central Bedfordshire Council, Cranfield Parish Council and Bloor Homes.
The aim was to provide a full-size 3G pitch [this is a download file] with ancillary facilities to enable vital winter training provision and match play options for teams in Cranfield and surrounding local villages that struggle to access 3G pitches in the area.
Alan Young, ceo of Bedfordshire FA, said:
“Bedfordshire FA are delighted to be able to open this incredible new site for the local community, however it would not have been made possible without the support of Central Bedfordshire Council, Bloor Homes and Cranfield Parish Council in turning this vision into a reality.
“I would also like to place on record our thanks to the Football Foundation, Castele Ltd, PCH Associates and SDC Builders Ltd for their collective involvement and role they each played in ensuring that our local community now have a much needed facility to be proud of.
“This will not only help our existing clubs but will also support the growth of football locally by providing a top-class facility for every user that experiences it. We can’t wait to officially open the new facility in conjunction with the support of colleagues at the Football Foundation when government guidelines allow.”
Bloor Homes’ contribution towards the project as a result of the new housing development (Cranfield Park) was bolstered by investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation who contributed towards 36% of the total project costs with a £780,956 grant.
The location of the new site replaced an unused field next to Cranfield United Football Club where Bloor Homes were due to develop as part of their S106 obligation.
The partners and stakeholders foresight and planning contributed to the creation of a state of the art facility that boasts 67 car parking spaces and fully DDA compliant* pavilion. It has two team changing rooms, male and female official changing rooms, education classroom, small office space, spectator toilets and kitchen servery.
PCH Associates designed the site and SDC Builders Ltd were appointed as main contractors for the build of the pavilion and car park that started on 13 July 2020.
Charles Lawrence was appointed by Robinson Low Francis to oversee the delivery of the 3G pitch, fencing and floodlighting as part of the 3G pitch framework procurement tender process in order for the pitch to meet the quality standard required for inclusion on the 3G Pitch Register.
Cranfield Colts and Cranfield United are the main partner clubs in Cranfield. But the facility will enable the growth and development of affiliated male, female and disability football whilst catering for a wide range of users.
The site will also base the Advanced Coaching Centre for Girls’ as part of the England Talent Pathway whilst providing recreational opportunities to increase participation through initiatives like Walking Football, Just Play sessions and Veterans Football.
*The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) became law in 1995. It made it mandatory for all establishments and service providers that are open to the public to have taken reasonable steps to provide access for disabled people.