Beeston Football Club has submitted a planning application for the redevelopment of the clubhouse and changing facilities at our home ground on Trent Vale Road.
And parent-volunteers have appealed to other parents to sell as many raffle tickets as they can to help fund this and other costs, which amount to more than £28,000.
The planning application marks a significant step on the road to creating a new hub for the club, including function room, kitchen, four changing rooms with showers and full disabled access.
Planning permission and various other approvals must be obtained prior to a full application for funds to carry out the work, which will be submitted to the Football Foundation for around £500,000 in January.
By that stage the club will be well on the way to spending £28,612 on architect’s and consultant’s fees, planning application costs and flood risk assessment, among other items.
Parent-volunteer Charlie Walker said: “This development will be great for Beeston FC, all our players and parents and for those who come along in the future. Volunteers are working hard on it and we believe we will deliver it, but it costs quite a bit of money upfront before we obtain any major grant funding.
“The club finances have always been in good shape, but this is a strain and a number of people have worked very hard to bring in extra money to cover the costs. That’s why we must sell as many raffle tickets as possible.
“If we sell all the tickets the raffle will bring in £4,000, which will really help to cover some of these upfront costs and leave us in a great position to complete the Football Foundation bid and hopefully get the work started in 2019.”
The plans for the clubhouse passed the pre-planning application process at Broxtowe Borough Council last month and the club has already come through the first phase of the Football Foundation bidding process. We are now working with Foundation officials, who have signed off our plans, in order to deliver the best possible bid to be reviewed by their board in April.
The upfront costs come at the club’s risk, but the expenditure is essential to complete the bidding process.
The costs include:
M&E consultancy fee £6,000
Flood risk assessment £1,150
Structural design £1,280
Structural trial holes £1,100
QS – production of project plan and costings £750
Pre-planning application £82
Planning application £250