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Orpington FC Proposes New Community Pavilion


Orpington Football Club is excited to announce the submission of plans to Bromley Council for a modern sport and recreation hub in Goddington Park. 

With over a decade providing football in the park, the club aims to create a vibrant community space that will benefit residents of all ages and interests.

Now providing a safe place for more than 600 children and adults to play the sport they love, Orpington Football Club has grown into one of the biggest grassroots football clubs in Bromley. 

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Proposals for the brand new pavilion in Goddington Park will help support the club in providing accessible football training for girls and boys from 4 years old through to men’s and women’s teams.

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Above: A CGI showing how the new proposed pavilion will look from above

The club shared its vision for a modern pavilion in Goddington Park at a community consultation in May, attended by local Cllrs. Pauline Tunnicliffe and Kim Botting and thirty local residents.

The proposed pavilion, set to replace the existing outdated facility, will be a game-changer for the club and other park users, offering a host of benefits to the people of Orpington.

Thoughtfully designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape, it will feature dedicated changing facilities, accessible toilets, a cafe with seating, as well as a versatile venue for meetings, classes, and events for local groups, ensuring it becomes a vibrant community hub.

OFC Pavillion current

Above: the current outdated pavilion which is no longer fit for purpose - and Below: A CGI of the proposed modern pavilion

OFC Pavillion

Plans for the pavilion have garnered widespread support from various stakeholders in the community. Orpington MP Gareth Bacon has expressed his support for the project, recognising the positive impact it will have on health and well-being. Additionally, numerous community groups, fitness providers, and local businesses have expressed their interest in collaborating with Orpington FC at the new base in Goddington Park.

The club - sponsored by local law firm Manak Solicitors, with high street bar/restaurant Orpington GPO and easycoffee providing additional sponsorship - is now eagerly awaiting a successful planning application for the facility. Once approved, Orpington FC will embark on a fundraising campaign to secure the necessary funds, estimated at £2 million, for the construction of the new pavilion and demolition of the old building. Construction is scheduled to begin September 2025.

Club trustee, Julie Covill said, “Orpington Football Club looks forward to the opportunity to work with the local community, businesses, and Bromley Council, to create an outstanding facility that will elevate sports and recreation opportunities for everyone in Orpington.

"Please do support us in our effort to get planning permission to build a new Community Pavilion in Goddington Park.”

Those wishing to write in support of the club's plans can do so HERE

To learn more about the innovative proposals for the new pavilion at Goddington Park, visit OrpingtonFC.co.uk. For any additional information or inquiries, please contact the club at orpingtonfc@gmail.com.

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