Back of the net! Local football group scores new goals


A Fishbourne community football club has scored four brand new goals thanks to efforts made between West Sussex County Council and a local construction company.

Birdham based contractor W Stirland donated the goals to Fishbourne Romans – a football club for children aged four to 14 which meets regularly at the Fishbourne Centre playing fields.

The good deed came about because of the ‘Social Value Act’.

W Stirland won a place on the County Council’s ‘Construction and Property Framework’ and as part of this they, and their fellow contractors, are encouraged to add back something of value to the community.

The Social Value Act requires people who commission public services to think about how they can also secure wider social, economic and environmental benefits.
Local member for the Fishbourne area and Leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith, said: “It is really good to know that there is a real benefit to local children coming directly from the framework. This is just one of many examples of the Social Value Act benefitting the community in West Sussex.”
Chairman of Fishbourne Romans Football Club, Kevin Carter, said: “We’re really grateful for this donation which will make a huge difference to the long term viability of this community club.”

Fishbourne Romans is run by volunteers for children living in and around the village. The group meets in term time on Saturday mornings from 9.30 to 11am. For more information go to

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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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