Beeston FC has been granted planning permission to refurbish the clubhouse at the Trent Vale Recreation Ground.
The borough council approved plans on Friday to redevelop the derelict pavilion to create a function room, four changing rooms, kitchen, toilets and reception area, all of which will be accessible to disabled people.
The planning approval marks another big step on the journey to making the Trent Vale ground a true home for Beeston FC.
The club’s vision is to establish a community hub for the club and the community, which will benefit players and parents, (through the provision of tea, coffee and bacon and veggie sandwiches on match days).
Parent-volunteer Paul Harrison has led the work on the clubhouse design and planning approval.
Paul, who is also the under-8s coach, said: “The proposed plans for the club house have been approved by the council with no conditions, which is great news.”
The planning approval from Broxtowe Borough Council allows the club to complete its application for £500,000 of funding to the Football Foundation.
Paul and other club representatives have already met with the Football Foundation on two occasions and we are an approved bidder.
The submission of the final application will be completed in April. A decision will be made by the end of the summer with work starting in autumn 2019, if we are successful.
Paul said: “This is a big step forward because it means we can now pursue our application to the Football Foundation and it also allows us to apply for funds from other organisations
“The club has done so well to get to this point. The fees at this stage are all funded by the club and we are so grateful to Sarah Green and the fundraising team, as well as all of the parents who have been so generous.
“Every event we’ve run, every raffle ticket sold has contributed as well as a proportion of the subs we all pay in each month. Please keep supporting us. We are going to deliver this project.”
The club has spent approximately £15,000 in fees (for the architect, panning etc) to reach this stage with another £10,000 due to be spent by April.
“If you would like to support the club’s fundraising efforts please get involved. We would love to have you on the team!”
The next stage of the project is to tender for companies to manage and deliver the work.
*If you would like to help raise funds for the club from manning a stall to selling a raffle ticket please contact Sarah Green on 07976 299229