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Stow Bridge - the new home of Hurst FC  
Hurst FC is a youth Football Club with more than 120 playing members. During the latter part of 2007 we obtained a planning consent to enable the Club and its community to train and play Football in the heart of the Village in Hinton Road. Together with a Clubhouse we will be able to provide the platform for our fledgling club to grow in line with its phenomenal popularity locally.
2012 February Update
2011 Summer Update
2011
2010 Update
2009 Update
Fund Raising
The Plans
Location
Progress
The Planning Application
Contact Us
2012
Read the 2012 February Update.
2011
Our aim is to level the pitch to a playable standard for the 2011/12 season, extend water and electricity to the field and to have temporary changing facilities and a storage container added to the pitch.
Phase 2 of the project will also be launched in 2011.
Read the 2011 Summer Update.
2010 Update
Our aim has been to create an annual fundraising turnover of at least £6,000 p.a.; through the continued success of Party in the Park and our eligibility for Gift Aid this has now been achieved. If you have not completed a Gift Aid form, please download it from our information page and pass it to your team manger or a committee member.
Our aim to begin matches on the pitch was possible but in the end the pitch surface was considered too bumpy and further work will be done to make it playable for the following season.
However, we did hold the first Family Fun Day on the site in September and this was a great success. The football on the day was led by Tim Drake, the Hurst FC under 13s manager who co-ordinated four training routines for the players with the help of the rest of the coaching staff. These were a chance for kids of different ages to learn from each other and from a different coach - to pick up some new tricks and to practice the old ones.
Lots of parents braved the strong breeze as well to come and see the kids having fun and testing themselves against some bigger and some smaller players. This was made easier by the rain staying away until the end of the event and a supply of tea and coffee provided from the Club committee made sure everyone was warm enough.
Later the kids split into under and over 9s and played two matches. This allowed the coaches to give some tips in play and gave the players a chance to try some different positions on the pitch than normal.
The new under 7s team, who have recently begun playing in the local Berkshire Youth Development League, were pleased to show off their new kit with the Club sponsor, Mr Raj Sattar of the Haweli Restaurant in Twyford and their manager Jon Mcarthy.
2009 Update
Our original estimated budget of £40,000 for Phase 1 of the project was reduced and instead we aimed for a more achievable £15,000 to complete a temporary car park and basic facilities as well as required maintenance to the pitch. This target was achieved although some of the work has been held back pending the flattening of the pitch (see 2010).
Sylvia Hicks and John Whitfield The field is regularly cut and looks great. In August 2009 the pitch was marked out and the first football game back in Hurst Village was played between the 1st and Reserve Teams. This was attended by our long time secretary, Sylvia Hicks, and the two oldest players in the village, John Whitfield and Ian McMinn (John and Sylvia are pictured).
Fund Raising
We have formed a fundraising Committee who begin the enormous task of finding the funds to make the plans a reality. We are looking for local people and local companies to support the project with pledges, donations, sponsorships or even help developing the site.
We need £40,000 to complete Phase One which would support the next two years' development and enable the field to be used for training with a safe access and "off-road" parking area for all.
The Plans

Site Plan
Site Plan
Location Plan
Location
Progress
On Saturday 19th July 2008 a huge number of volunteers turned up at the training ground, armed with buckets and wheelbarrows. The field was covered with a huge number of stones that had to be removed by hand before the new grass could be cut.
Stow Field - clearing the stones
After a couple of hours and a lot of hard work, the vast majority of large stones had been cleared. The field has now had its second cut and looks great.
Stow Field after the second cut
The Planning Application
As promised at the 2007 AGM, we submitted a planning application for the new football pitch and clubhouse at Stow Bridge Field in Hinton Road. This application has been given approval by Wokingham Borough Council.
You can view the application details on the Council's website by clicking the "Search" button below. The details should appear in a new window.
Contact Us
To find out how you could help with this fantastic project, enquire about our sponsorship opportunities or just ask a question, please contact us by e-mail or call Tim Drake on 07842 117049.

 

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