Eastwood’s Coronation Park clubhouse reopens after £50k revamp

Refurbishment of Eastwood FC's Clubhouse.
Refurbishment of Eastwood FC's Clubhouse.

A vandalised clubhouse is set to be reopened by a former Forest captain after a £50,000 revamp brought it back to life.

The Coronation Park Clubhouse was abandoned in January this year when the Eastwood Town Football Club went bankrupt and was ransacked, damaged and smeared with faeces by vandals who broke into the building.

Refurbishment of Eastwood FC's Clubhouse.

Refurbishment of Eastwood FC's Clubhouse.

However, the Eastwood Community Football Club (ECFC) rescued the clubhouse in August when they launched the new team and have transformed it into a fantastic function venue.

Director of ECFC Ben Marshall said that although the clubhouse had been in terrible condition, they had transformed it ahead of schedule in just 67 days.

He added: “When we first unlocked it, the vandalism was beyond anything I have ever seen before.

“They had burnt through stuff, ripped up the floorboards, torn pipework off the walls and there was even human faeces.”

Mr Marshall explained that they gutted the bar and invested £50,000 to transform it into a function room, which was used for a wedding last weekend after the couple’s venue fell through at the last minute.

The venue will be reopened on Friday November 14 by John McGovern - former captain of the Nottingham Forest team that won the European Cup twice, under the management of Brian Clough.

Mr McGovern will hold a Question and Answer session after officially opening the new clubhouse for people to ask him about his sporting career.

The opening evening is free and doors open at 7pm.