A new community football club has been chosen to take over Eastwood Town FC’s Coronation Park and bring the sport back to the town.
Eastwood Community Football Club (ECFC) has been selected to undertake the management, operation and tenancy of the Coronation Park football ground and the associated facilities, subject to contract terms, and will field a senior men’s team in the Central Midlands League.
In addition, ECFC is to run a veterans’ team, which will be competing in the East Midlands Vets League.
The venue on Chewton Street has been empty, locked and unused since the premature end of the Badgers’ Evo-Stik League Division One South season earlier this year and the club’s demise at the end of the season.
Broxtowe Borough Council has been in control of the ground following the club’s liquidation.
A statement released by the new club says: “ECFC is a new football club that is looking, as part of our long term football development plan, to create a player pathway for local players of all ages to be involved with and play football at Coronation Park and the associated facilities.
“Our vision is to create a sustainable business model alongside a thriving football programme and to see Coronation Park become not only a football club but a community hub used by different groups from all areas of the local community.”
As part of its commitment to junior football, in September, Coronation Park will become the home of ECFC Soccer School, which will give boys and girls aged 4-6 a chance to take part in coaching sessions led by FA Qualiﬁed Coaches and experience what grassroots football is all about both in terms of technical ability and teamwork, accountability and the social aspects that come with it. Additionally, the board of directors will be investing in the upgrade of the clubhouse as well as the pitch and stands.
Club director Ben Marshall explained: “Coronation Park has the potential to be a jewel in the local sporting crown and we’re committed to seeing that potential realised. We have assembled a team that has a fantastic skill set and a wealth of experience in the different aspects that are needed to run a football club and facility successfully on and off the ﬁeld. Our core value is to provide a club that the people of Eastwood, no matter what their age or background, can be proud of, involved with and throw their support behind.”
Director of football Jamie Bennett added: “We’re looking forward to being able to assemble a great team of lads that are ready to give their all week in, week out for ECFC. We have already identiﬁed and committed to signing a number of players but most importantly, local players will be given the opportunity to undertake trials as part of some open training sessions that will be being held in the coming weeks. Anyone interested should stay up to date with the announcements made on our ofﬁcial Twitter and Facebook streams.”
Finally, the board of directors has said it would like to publically extend thanks to the Nottinghamshire FA and Broxtowe Borough Council “for their professionalism and assistance in getting to the current state of play and we look forward to an ongoing partnership and seeing football return again to Coronation Park.”
The club hopes to soon reveal details of the first Fans’ Forum meeting, for people to find out more about future plans, and an open training session for interested players.