Successful football club to benefit from refurbished facilities at Ashford Swan Centre

Contributed by editor on Nov 10, 2018 - 09:00 AM

Photo: Dover District Council


Full approval was granted on Thursday November 8 at Ashford Borough Council’s monthly Cabinet meeting to authorise S106 funding contributions for the refurbishment of football facilities at the Swan Centre in South Willesborough.

Plans will now be submitted to the council’s Planning Committee for consideration.

If approved, the much-needed refurbishments will allow for provision of a new changing facility to be built on the site, replacing the existing portacabin constructions which were installed by the council and Football Foundation in 2001.


Initial plans show that the new block will encompass four changing rooms, toilets, showers, storage and a meeting/social area, allowing the club to continue to operate safely and provide further opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in positive healthy activity.

17 teams

Currently, the Swan Centre Recreation Ground football pitches, changing rooms and clubhouse social facilities are licensed by the council to Bromley Green Football Club (BGFC). The club has experienced rapid growth over the last few years, and now has 17 adult, junior, disability and female teams and nearly 300 players.

Poor quality

At present, the poor quality of the facilities is causing inadequate separation of older and junior teams, female and disabled football players, which presents several safeguarding and health and safety issues.

Football Foundation

Funding for the project will be a joint venture, with contributions from S106 funding, grant aid from the Football Foundation and BGFC fundraising. It is hoped that work would be completed in time for the block to be used by the start of the 2019/2020 football season.

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