Dorking football ground to be refurbished

Sports England has received a £1.72 million funding pot, which will be shared by eight projects around Greater London to improve sporting facilities and playing fields.

The funding will help those eight schemes to either breathe new life into tired facilities, make them more efficient and sustainable, or improve existing and unused sites so that they offer better sporting experiences for people.

This new funding will go towards refurbishing Dorking Football Ground in Meadowbank which will provide a new full size floodlit 3G AGP, changing facilities, spectators stand and terracing, clubhouse, public toilets and parking to the football ground.

Sport England has been raising funds since 1994 and has invested over 5 billion pounds in grassroots sports over the past twenty years. Sport England is focused on helping people and communities across the country to create a sporting habit for life and will invest over £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in organisations and projects that will:

  • Help more people have a sporting habit for life
  • Create more opportunities for young people to play sport
  • Nurture and develop talent
  • Provide the right facilities in the right places
  • Support local authorities and unlock local funding
  • Ensure real opportunities for communities

Sport England’s Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “£5 billion is a huge sum of money, but it’s the projects and people that money supports which are really important. We’re delighted to have invested so much into community sport, and see on a daily basis the impact that it makes for local people.

“The latest round of facility funding continues to make a noticeable difference to community sports clubs across the country. By giving people top-class, sustainable facilities in which to play sport, and by improving and protecting our playing surfaces, we’re ensuring that more people can pay sport, more often.”

149 projects across England have been awarded new funding today, totalling £16.5 million of National Lottery money and a complete list of the funded projects is available here: