Grant will help construct a £1.7m football facility in Kent village

Consultant Capita Symonds has succeeded in securing a £1m Football Foundation grant towards the construction of a new £1.7m football facilities for the village of Aylesham in Kent.

Plans for new football facilities in Aylesham

With the former mining village set to grow by more than 50% over the next ten years, thanks to the building of 1,200 new houses, the new facility will act as a vital community sports facility.

The project hopes to provide improved grass pitches for rugby and football, a new floodlit synthetic turf pitch, a multi-use games area and a new changing pavilion with sic changing rooms.

Capita has been working with Dover District Council, Hillreed Homes, Ward Homes and the Aylesham and Snowdown Football Club for the past three years on a range of projects in the area including a feasibility study, options appraisals and grant funding applications.

Other funding partners include the Rugby Football Union, the Coalfield Regeneration Trust and Dover District Council.

Derek Garrity, project manager for Aylesham and Snowdown Football Club, said: "This £1m contribution from the Football Foundation and the Football Association will be matched funded by £700,000 from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, Dover District Council and the Rugby Foundation.

"The £1.7m project will bring sports for all to a former mining community who are currently using obsolete 50 years old facilities. It will bring a new age and new opportunity for a community that confidently looks forward to the future."