After two years of working on our plans to improve the facilities at Saltdean United Football Club, we are delighted that our planning application will be on the agenda for the Brighton & Hove City Council Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday 5th October.

The plans include an all-weather 3G pitch, a new clubhouse, changing facilities, fencing, a new spectator stand and improved car and cycle parking.

Saltdean United has been playing football at Hill Park since 1970, with a Men’s team, followed closely by a youth team set up. The youth section of the club has continued to thrive, and we now have more than 200 local young players and their families involved in the club. In more recent years Saltdean United has developed a very successful Women’s senior team, a Women’s Development Squad, and this year the club are proud to launch our first Girls’ youth team.

After two years of a lot of hard work, we are delighted that our planning application is going in front of the committee, and we have everything crossed. If approved, the new facilities will follow our legacy aim in supporting the community and increasing our provision for women and girls.”

 “As a club we have already done so much, but we have a long way to go! These facilities will allow better provision for all of the women and girls teams but will also give us the opportunity to add further teams at a younger age. Exciting times for the club, and for Women’s and Girls football in Brighton & Hove!”

Saltdean United Director of Women’s Football, Joe McTiffen

It’s important that we bring our grounds up to date to allow the club to continue to progress, and to improve our facilities for players, officials, and spectators. The addition of disabled parking bays, accessible toilets and changing facilities, and improved accessibility throughout the grounds will enable us to better meet the needs of the community.

Community is very much at the heart of our football club and The Saltdean United Legacy project will allow us to provide sports and recreation facilities to a wider demographic, with great benefits to health and wellbeing. The improvements will allow us to offer use of our sports facilities to local schools and colleges, meeting rooms for community groups, improvements to the parking and better access to the public recreation ground.

As part of the long-term project, the club has already started to reach out to the wider community, with the recent addition of ‘Tiger Cubs’ football sessions for 4-6 year olds, Walking Football for Men over 60 and Women over 50, and opportunities for young girls to play football at a competitive level in our new Under 12’s Girls Team.

“We are looking forward to next week. Hopefully, after the last few years hard work, we will get a positive response which will benefit all the teams and groups who play for SUFC. This re-development would take the club to the next level, guaranteeing that we can play football in all weather.”

“During the winter we have teams training at various venues all over Brighton. If we were able to get planning consent then our teams could all train in one location throughout the week, in Saltdean. Gaining planning permission will be a major step forward for the Club, benefitting our Men’s, Women’s & youth teams as well as our walking football members, it would also open the facility to wider community groups.”

Club Secretary, Kate Brown

We are very fortunate to play in a beautiful location and a huge amount of care and attention has been paid to the environmental aspects of the project. Our thanks go out to the small team of volunteers at the club that have been driving this project and to ECE Planning, LA Architects and all the various consultants for their hard work getting us to this stage.

We look forward to the planning committee meeting and hope for a positive outcome so we can continue the next steps of our journey and deliver much needed improvements for the football club and community.

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