There was a shortage of facilities for sport and for children and young people to use in the Eccleshall area. Eccleshall, whilst a great place to live and work - performing well in terms of employment, health, income, education and crime - featured in the top 5% of areas most deprived in the UK for access to housing and services (- according to the Office of National Statistics)

At the same stage, Eccleshall Eagles Junior Football Club was growing at 25% pa and had 200 members playing for the Club on 8 sites across North and West Staffordshire - from Cotes Heath and Stone, through to Woodseaves and Gnosall including Stafford. To visit all the sites in one day would have taken a 52 mile round trip. The Club owned no facilities and played on begged and borrowed pitches
To find at least 10 acres of land to build a variety of different sized football pitches for the Club to establish a base and continue to invest in and develop for the long term

At the outset we thought that this would cost @ 150k to deliver. In fact the reality was over 1m of investment over ten years from inception to actually playing on the pitches

We could not have delivered this vision without our many supporters, - thank you all
Eccleshall Eagles Junior Football Club - Football Foundation Grant
Cheque presentation by the Football Foundation to Eccleshall Eagles Junior Football Club - receiving it Chairman, Jon Busfield (right) and Community Liaison Officer, Jeremy Pert (far right) - Jan 2013
Photography courtesy of The Sentinel
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Cheque presentation by Sport England - part of the Protecting Playing Fields Fund and Olympic legacy funding - March 2012. Part of over 1,000,000 raised to develop new grass pitches and a club house at Eagles Park
on Staffordshire County and Stafford Borough Councils
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