Haverhill Rovers invite you to attend the Haverhill Community Sports Association on Thursday 16th July, 12 noon at The New Croft, Chalkstone Way- (Including Lunch and refreshments).
This to update you on the exciting new project developmen at the New Croft.
Haverhill Rovers, the senior football club in the town, were relocated five years ago from their former home at Hamlet Croft to the new facility here the New Croft on Chalkstone Way. However the relocation would not have taken place and the funding would not have been provided by the Football Foundation, Football Stadia Improvement Fund and St.Edmundsbury Borough Council unless there was a pathway of development from all clubs leading up to the senior team. The new facility is not just about the men’s senior team, it includes the women’s and juniors teams and the development pathway is one of the main foundation blocks on which the facility was built and developed.
The New Croft facility at Chalkstone is operated by Haverhill Community Sports Association (HCSA). HCSA is cited as an example of good governance nationally by the FA and Football Foundation. The Board comprises local people with experience in football, commerce and social inclusion.
Haverhill Rovers Football Club, founded in 1886, is an FA Charter Standard Community Club, the highest kite mark available to a grass roots club. Our local partner clubs, Thurlow, Kedington, Clare, Hundon and Wickhambrook have all developed with assistance from HCSA and are now all FA Charter standard clubs.
Clare, Hundon and Wickhambrook have all developed with assistance from HCSA and are now all FA Charter standard clubs. Football Foundation which is now in the fifth year of its first Development Plan. The plan is reviewed by the FA and Football Foundation on a six monthly basis as part of the revenue funding monitoring.
A new development plan has recently been drawn up to tie in with the 3G artificial all-weather pitch currently in development. We hope to have the 3G pitch in use by early 2016. This facility has been approved through Planning and has been identified by the Football Foundation for strategic funding in the order of £300,000. The Haverhill Community Sports Association track record of development to date and commitment to development in the future is what has made this possible.
The all weather playing surface is the latest and one of the most important projects HCSA has undertaken. It is fully supported by the Football Foundation, Suffolk FA and the local community including schools and clubs from the surrounding area.
Five years ago we started with 12 teams we currently have 30 and by next season will have 35. The ATG project will enable us to develop many more.
In addition to football the New Croft is used for a wide range of other activities from family functions to exercise classes, from community events to trade fairs. The New Croft is not exclusively a sporting hub, but very much a social facility for the local community.