Furloughed players take on clubhouse refurb

Players at Nomads Football Club, in Edenbridge have used the opportunity of lockdown to give their clubhouse a much needed refurbishment.

Nomads FC who compete in the Sevenoaks & District Football League Premier Division were founded in 1961. The club played at various locations in Edenbridge before finding their home at Moweshurst Farm in 1990.

The football club began building their clubhouse at Moweshurst Farm with the help of founding members of the team and the building was completed and opened later in the year in September.

However, since its build 30 years ago, not a lot had changed for the Nomads clubhouse and in recent seasons the team visited their local pub for their post-match drinks, meaning the football club were neglecting the facilities of their own clubhouse.

Long serving player of 11 years and committee member Alex Bradford took the initiative to do something about this.

“I found it incredible that we have all the space here and it’s not being used to its full potential. I could either have sat on my backside for the whole time I’ve been furloughed, or put myself to use and stay active with something I’m passionate about” he said.

So with the help of other players who were also furloughed, the players got together and began the overhaul of the clubhouse.

In the space of just two months the players have added:

• Spotlights in the bar area
• Carpet tiled floor
• Brand new showers
• Freshly painted changing rooms
• An outdoor sheltered area for fans
• An outdoor bar hatch
• Complete redecoration of the whole
clubhouse
The change has been incredible and even more so given that funding for the project was minimal, with most of the work possible through donations and people from the club funding from their own pockets.

Through the dedication, enthusiasm and hard work of these players, the clubhouse has been brought right up to date, and has given the football club a modernised space that can now be enjoyed and finally used to its full potential.

“Now with sports on the screens, drinks in the fridge and snacks available, the lads have somewhere to stay straight after a game and feel comfortable” Alex said, and its not just the members who will be able to benefit from the club’s refurbishment, Alex went on to tell us.

“The public are welcome to come and enjoy a drink in the bar whenever it is open and it is not a members only place”.

A football club with community at its heart, the club were keen to keep their founder member Ken Cooper up to date with the progress of the refurbishment. Ken who has been self isolating for over 12 weeks now, was kept in the loop throughout via email. Alex told us: “Ken was in shock at the difference and is very proud of what the boys are doing to keep the club going.”

Indeed, Nomads Football Club, have a lot to be excited about right now, as along with their fantastic clubhouse refurbishment, the club are also delighted to be adding a new Sunday team to their football club, with the new team’s first season starting later on this year.

The enthusiasm for their club shines through this invigorated young committee and with their commitment, passion and dedication, the club is sure to go from strength to strength.

• If you would like any more information about Nomads Football Club, the clubhouse or if you are interested in joining their team, the club would
be delighted to hear from you. Please contact them via any of
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or email the football club at nomadsfcsecretary@gmail.com.