Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell FC

February 25th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge
Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell FC

The Grange Farm Centre, Chigwell is a 90-acre community facility and charity located in Chigwell, Essex with an FC at its heart. It has an architectural award-winning pavilion which offers an impressive venue for clubs and groups to meet. The Grange Farm FC home team, Colebrook Royals Football Club, regularly receive compliments from the opposition about the picturesque scenery surrounding their pitches.

The Grange Farm Centre is a charitable trust that was established in 1984. The Trust has an endowment that generated an income to support its and helps it access applications and distributes grants for the leisure and recreational benefits of the community. The centre now has four top-quality football pitches that are in high demand. The Pelican Playground is also extremely popular with local parents and children who are supporting football players.

Colebrook Royals FC was established in June 1997 it started with just 2 teams.  The Chigwell based club now has 30 teams that include 7 girls’ teams.  The teams’ age groups range from 7 through to adults meaning the Chigwell based FC has over 350 members.

The Grange in Chigwell is a Football Foundation funded facility it has drained professional grass playing surfaces.  There is a player’s tunnel that provides access to a spacious comfortable changing area with heated floors and showers.  There is, of course, a snack bar which serves hot drinks and food on match days.

The vision of the Grange Farm Centre as defined within the Trust Deed is “to provide or to assist in the provision of facilities for recreation and leisure time occupation for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area of benefit in particular and the public generally with the object of improving the conditions of life of the said inhabitants.” There are plenty of football and other sporting opportunities for young people in the Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford community.