Set for completion in February 2018, the project will see The Football Association (FA) and Middlesex County Football Association working in partnership with Ealing Council to develop the facilities for the benefit of the local community.
The council has secured more than £4.88 million in funding from The FA , Middlesex FA, The London Marathon Charitable Trust and Sport England to develop the new facilities at Rectory Park as part of its commitment to providing opportunities for residents to stay healthy and active through sports.
The project, part of The FA's Parklife grassroots football scheme, officially got underway on Tuesday, 18 April. Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, the council’s cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, and council leader, Councillor Julian Bell, joined Kelly Simmons, director of participation and development at The FA, and guests to mark the breaking of the ground at the site in Rectory Park.
When finished, the facilities will boast two full-size, floodlit 3G artificial pitches, which can be used all year round, changing facilities, two community rooms and a pavilion.
Councillor Mahfouz said: “I'm delighted to see this exciting development in Rectory Park get started. These all-weather pitches, sports and community facilities will bring much needed and long-awaited phenomenal facilities to Northolt and the borough.
“This development will also mean Northolt is the official home of Middlesex FA. Through the council's commitment and work with our partners, these new, high quality sports and leisure facilities will be open to the community, ensuring we get more people in Northolt active and engaged in sports."
Kelly Simmons from The FA said: “This signifies an important next step in our national Parklife programme and an exciting chapter in the history of Middlesex FA, who will now become custodians of the centre for the benefit of thousands of people right across the area.
“In a year when The FA is dedicated to doubling the number of participants in the women's game as well as growing the recreational game for all sectors of the community, this will provide a catalyst as well as focal point for football and sport lovers locally.
“We hope this is the first of more similar football ‘hubs’ in the capital, working closely with our partners at the Premier League, Sport England and the Mayor of London’s Office, and would like to commend the work of Ealing Council in making this vision a reality.”
Middlesex FA Chairman John Taylor added “We are delighted to be working with Ealing Council and The Football Association to deliver the Rectory Park project. As Kelly Simmons has said, this is a very exciting time for Middlesex FA. In addition to providing the association with a new purpose built headquarters building, Rectory Park will place us at the heart of the community. The excellent facilities will provide playing opportunities for football participants at all levels of the game in our area.”