Work begins on new £1.3million football pitch in Gillingham | Medway Council
Published: Friday, 23rd April 2021

Work has begun to create a new 3G football pitch and changing facilities in Gillingham.

We have teamed up with the Football Foundation and Anchorians Football Club on the £1.3million development to support grassroots football in Medway. We have contributed £400,000 towards the project and have received a £900,000 grant from the Football Foundation.

The new pitch is being built at the football club’s home in Darland Avenue.

We have worked with Anchorians FC, in partnership with the Kent FA, to ensure the facility will be well used.

The new 3G football pitch will be managed and maintained by us and Anchorians and, once complete, grassroots groups and members of the community will be available to book to use the pitch for training and matches.

New changing rooms for teams are also being built, the works are expected to be completed later this year.

Providing young people more opportunities to keep fit and active

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “I am pleased that work has begun on a new full size football pitch at Anchorians FC in Gillingham. The pitch will provide local residents, including young people and children, with further opportunities to keep fit and active. I look forward to seeing the works progress.”

Great news for Medway

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “It is great news for Medway that work has started at the new pitch in Gillingham. This funding is enabling more people to enjoy the benefits of playing regular sport.”

Widening opportunities for the local community 

Leigh Willis, Chairperson of Anchorians Football Club, said: “We are very excited to see the works finally begin on the new FA approved 3G pitch and changing pavilion at our grounds, that will enhance the facilities already available at Anchorians. Offering improved training and match play experience for all our members, as well as widening the opportunities to participate to the local community, who will also be able to benefit from the new facilities. We would like thank The Football Foundation, Medway Council and the Kent FA for all their support, and years of perseverance and hard work to make this project a reality.”

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