Football comes home for Ide Hill FC as they announce use of Sundridge recreation ground

Ide Hill FC have announced plans for the use of Sundridge recreation ground for the next 10 years in a lease agreed with Sundridge & Ide Hill Parish Council. The new agreement will see Ide Hill progress its long term community development plan.

The club, who are also introducing a women’s side for the first time in it’s 98-year history, will change the name of it’s juniors and women’s teams with immediate effect to Ide Hill & Sundridge FC.

Keith McGinn, Ide Hill’s Club Secretary, who has been at the club for over 37 years said: “We are very proud to now be able to represent both villages and become one community club for our whole parish. Our juniors will immediately become Ide Hill & Sundridge Junior FC and more exciting news is that the club has introduced our first ever women’s side in its 98-year history. They will also be called Ide Hill & Sundridge Womens FC”.

Lorraine Rowley, the newly appointed manager of the women’s team, added: “I am excited and absolutely thrilled to be appointed manager of the new Ide Hill & Sundridge Womens football team. Ide Hill really are a club going from strength to strength, with four adult men’s teams, a thriving and buzzing youth set up; and now a brand new women’s team for the community. So it makes me incredibly proud to be a part of this amazing club once again.

“As a brand new team we will have a lot of work ahead of us, but I am excited for the challenge and am very much looking forward to bringing women’s football to our wonderful local community,”

McGinn added: “The club looks forward to recruiting more young players and women from the Sundridge area to join our new set up. Football really has already come home for Ide Hill & Sundridge FC.”

Ide Hill & Sundridge Womens FC will start their inaugural campaign in the South East Counties Womens League Kent Division Two.

Promotion for Reserves and Third teams get the season going in style
Further to the Kent County Football League (KCFL) needing to reallocate teams to alternate divisions, Ide Hill Reserves initially narrowly avoided moving up a division due to goal difference (after a PPG over completed games for the 2020/21 season grading was instituted).

However, following the unfortunate withdrawal of AFC Mottingham, Ide Hill Reserves have been promoted to the KCFL Division 2 West, which they will now share with fellow local side Halstead United. The updated league constitution and their new opposition for the 2021/22 season includes:

  • Bridon Ropes Reserves
  • Bromleians Reserves
  • Dulwich Village
  • Erith & Belvedere Reserves
  • Farnborough OBG Reserves
  • Fleetdown Utd Reserves
  • Halstead Utd
  • Long Lane
  • Metrogas Reserves
  • Orpington
  • Parkwood Rangers
  • Stansfield Reserves

McGinn commenting on the Reserves said: “With our Reserves getting promoted to Division 2 West in the KCFL and our Thirds last night [Thursday] being promoted to the Sevenoaks & District League Division 1, it has to be one of the best starts to any season”.