Following negotiations with the Town Council, we have secured permission to convert one of the football pitches into much needed extra rugby playing space.
In addition, under the auspices of Club Secretary, Alan Erskine, we have secured a grant of £2,750 from the Ibstock Enovert Trust which will make the expansion of our facilities cost-neutral.
The project will see us convert the football pitch that runs parallel to the second rugby pitch. This new pitch will be set at the minimum adult size, giving us the perfect facility for our younger youth teams to play their matches on and help to facilitate their transition to the fuller game of rugby. It will also ease fixture congestion on Sunday mornings and allow three concurrent Youth games to be played.
Thanks to the funding, the Board hopes to have the third pitch in operation by September meaning new posts will be erected during August and bespoke pitch furniture (post protectors and flags etc) will be on order shortly.
Our thanks, of course, go to IET for their support of our project and to Edenbridge Town Council for granting us the necessary permissions.
The additional pitch comes off the back of substantial improvement to the current playing surfaces for the new season. In partnership with the RFU's Head Groundsman and Kent RFU (two organisations with whom the Club now has a well-fostered relationship), we have had both pitch one and pitch two re-seeded and improvements made to the drainage.
ERFC has always been proud of it's facilities and with the recent and coming work projects we can rightly remain claim to having some of the best facilities of any rugby club in the West Kent, Sussex and Surrey areas both on and off the pitch. We are committed to maintaining these and to provide the best possible facility for rugby of all ages and standards.