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Bedworth Eagles receive funding to develop Johnson Road Football Pitches

Published on Friday, 25th September 2020

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The Football Foundation have recently approved funding for Bedworth Eagles JFC to assist them with setting up the Johnson Road field as their home ground.

At the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council Cabinet meeting on February 5th 2020, it was agreed to give Bedworth Eagles JFC a long term lease on (part of) the former Elizabeth Centre and the playing fields.

As the area is still public right of way, the funding from the Football Foundation will be for security fencing and gates, to enclosure equipment storage containers only and a ball stop fencing to support neighbours.

Mick Taylor, Bedworth Eagles Chairman, Club Secretary Craig Pearson and Development Officer Al Saje made the following statement: 

"The Johnson Road Home grounds are an absolutely fantastic step forward for Bedworth Eagles JFC, one that's taken many years to achieve. It's a real pleasure to see our junior players being coached and playing on some of the best football pitches in the area now we've had them reinstated. We'll also get many more weeks of play in a year when previously we would lose several months of games due to waterlogged pitches. This is a great result for local children and a real tribute to the generations of players, families and volunteers of Bedworth Eagles - they are "The Pride of Bedworth". It also wouldn't have been possible without the strong support of Borough councillors, Nuneaton and Bedworth Leisure Recreation & Health Department, Birmingham County FA and our grant provider, the Football Foundation. We're really looking forward to welcoming more local children into the club and working with local residents to make the grounds into a brilliant asset for the neighbourhood."

Cllr Ian Lloyd, Portfolio holder for Arts and Leisure said:

"This is great news for Bedworth Eagles JFC and will offer more opportunities for grass roots football for young budding footballers in the Borough. For NBBC to support the club and assist them in their development is another example of how working in partnership can achieve a positive outcome that can benefit the residents of the Borough."