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12 July 2016

Adur Council praised the ways in which the community pitch is being used.

Adur District Council last night approved Brighton & Hove Albion’s planning application to create a ‘vision bund’ at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing.

The new embankment will be formed on the site adjacent to the training facility known as New Monks Farm, which is now also owned by the club.
The bund will provide privacy on the northern boundary of the training ground, and is a requirement of the existing planning agreement in 2013.
At the same meeting, councillors congratulated the club on the huge success of the community pitch at the training ground, noting that it was used by over 61,000 players in the first year, providing opportunities for young people, disability groups, and many of the other community programmes delivered by Albion in the Community.
Recommendations for improvements to the Community Use Agreement governing how the pitch is used were unanimously approved by the Planning Committee.


Executive Director Martin Perry said, "The use of the community pitch has been a resounding success and we are grateful to the councillors for acknowledging just how much has been achieved in its first year of operation. 
“The adjustments to the use of the pitch approved last night will help us maximise the opportunity to use the power of football to engage young people in sport, and serve a wide range of community groups."
Leader of Adur District Council Neil Parkin said, "I am pleased to see Brighton & Hove Albion's success in their first year of operating the community pitch at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre. The club is clearly delivering on its promises made when permission was granted for the new training ground.
"This, coupled with the huge economic benefit that has arisen from the training ground - which is now rated one of the best in the country - makes it a win-win situation for both the local community and the club.
“Along with many of my colleagues, we're also delighted to see that the club is now the owner of New Monks Farm.”

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