The Bobby Moore Sports Hub

Client:Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council

Project value: £12 million

Partners: Bradshaw, Gass and Hope, Varsity Consulting, Etec Group, UK Leisure Framework (managed by Denbighshire Leisure)

About the Project

The Bobby Moore Sports Hub, featuring pitches named after Sir Trevor Brooking, Paul Ince, and Chloe Kelly, has opened in Dagenham. Thanks to the largest ever grant from the Premier League, The FA, and Government’s Football Foundation, this state-of-the-art hub is now a reality.

Located in Parsloes Park, the Hub boasts 16 grass sports pitches and three 3G pitches. One of these 3G pitches is an impressive National League System stadia pitch with spectator seating, which is utilised by the local club May & Baker FC.

These multi-million-pound facilities have been made possible by a generous £6.2 million grant from the Football Foundation – the largest ever grant awarded by the charity. This investment builds upon the Foundation’s remarkable track record of providing over £1 billion in grant funding over the last 23 years to enhance grassroots facilities across the country.

In addition to the Football Foundation’s support, the project received an additional £6.1 million investment from Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council and the Mayor of London. The London Marathon Foundation also contributed £500,000 to this transformative initiative. 

The facility opened in March of this year, and it operated by Leisure United.

This fantastic new Hub will not only provide a huge boost to community sport in the area but will also have a transformative impact on physical and mental wellbeing, bringing people together and strengthening the local community here in Dagenham. We hope this Hub will not only honour the legacy of several legendary local footballers, but also continue to inspire people of all identities, abilities and backgrounds to lace up their boots.
Thanks to the investment we receive from our funding partners, the Premier League, The FA and Government, the Football Foundation is working to deliver more Hubs like this across the country so that everyone can have access to great places to play.
Robert Sullivan
Chief Executive, The Football Foundation
It's been a pleasure to work with the Football Foundation on our recent projects together. The Derby Football Hub was Alliance Leisure's 250th project and it was the partnership between all suppliers and stakeholders that made it happen. Grassroots sport plays such an important role in the lives of young people and when you see the hubs in-use it really brings home what an impact we can make.
Greg Walker
Business Development Manager, Alliance Leisure
This project has been an excellent example of successful partnership working. Alliance Leisure, working through the UK Leisure Framework, has brought expertise to this development at every level and stage of the project to deliver a fantastic facility that integrates superbly with the existing building and the pitch works completed by the Football Foundation. Thanks to everyone's efforts the community in Derby now has a football facility that will support the activity needs of many generations.
Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa
Cabinet Member for Communities and Streetpride, Derby City Council

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