A community football project in Dagenham has been awarded a £500,000 grant by London Marathon Charitable Trust.
The football pitches at Parsloes Park through the government and football industry’s Parklife Project will offer updated accessible and affordable football and fitness facilities, including a changing pavilion and three full-size artificial grass pitches with flood-lighting, suitable for 11- a-side football.
In addition there will be a new park hub with toilets, facilities for disabled users, meeting rooms, a gym and dance studio, and a cafe.
Saima Ashraf, Barking and Dagenham Council's deputy leader and cabinet member for community leadership and engagement said: “This is very welcome news for the residents of Barking and Dagenham as this grant will help bring about massive improvements to the park."
As one of the biggest green spaces in the borough, Parsloes Park’s is recognised for its historical link to football; England’s World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore learned to play there.
Ashraf added: "These are exciting times for young people in our borough and has been a long time coming. With the Youth Zone being unveiled in 2019, Parsloes Park will be the best facility for them to use in Barking and Dagenham."
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