A Community Club

Sussex County Football Assoc. Community Club of the Year 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, 2008 & 2009.
FA South East Regional CHARTER STANDARD Club Award Winner - South East Region - 2006, 2008

Whilst football has remained the major sporting focus at the Langney Sports Club, through the success of Eastbourne Borough FC, the provision of amenities for others in the area has remained part of the club ethos, as it has gradually become the hub of the local community and one of the most progressive organisations in the town. In May 2001 the football club gained a new identity: changing its name from Langney Sports FC to Eastbourne Borough FC, thereby creating a closer link with the community of the Sussex town. In 2004 this was recognised when the club was voted Sussex County FA Community Club of the Year for Sussex; and nominated for the FA South-East Regional award by the SCFA. This feat was repeated in 2005 and 2006 completing a remarkable hat-trick of awards, and in 2006 the club was awarded the FA's Community Club of the Year South East Regional award. This 2004 award was followed with a further recognition from the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce at the Eastbourne Business Awards in October 2004, when the Club received their award for Corporate and Social Responsibility.
The Priory Lane site now hosts archery, and an impressive indoor bowls hall now attracts over 500 bowlers. The retired and over-60s in the local area are provided with club facilities for an Afternoon Club on weekdays; and there are also teams playing pool and darts. A well supported weekly Bingo Evening is also important to local residents. There has always been provision for junior and youth football at the club, but a strong link with Langney Point Youth Football Club in 2001 saw progression for players from six years to senior level. With veteran sides and girls'/womens' teams also introduced at Priory Lane, there is a community involvement unsurpassed in the club's history and there was rightly much satisfaction and a feeling of achievement in 2002 when the club received FA Community Club status.

Whether enjoying a drink; watching sport on the large screen; celebrating an event at the venue; or cheering the team to success in league and cup action, the Langney community has become an important aspect of the Eastbourne scene. And never wanting to stand-still, the club has gone from strength to strength in its efforts to meet the needs of all persons. In 2003 the Priory Learning Centre ('Owlets' Nursery School) opened in the Executive Boxes of the Mick Green Stand: making full use of the excellent facilities, and providing quality pre-school provision for children from the local area. In June 2004 the Eastbourne Borough Study Support Centre opened, with funding from the Learning and Skills Council, providing basic skills and computer education for over 20 year olds.

As a Community Club Eastbourne Borough FC combines with Langney Sports Club to offer the best in social, educational and sporting opportunities.

The popular restaurant, with an extensive menu and snacks offers another facet of the club; and for those organising special events there have been highly successful cabaret evenings, sports dinners, Christmas parties, discos and conferences. Weddings and funeral gatherings add to the superb amenities of the club, boasting opportunities for everyone from cradle to the grave!

In addition to its community involvement, Eastbourne Borough FC (incorporating Langney Sports Club) has established an impact on life in the town with its acceptance as a member of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce.

The club maintains a close relationship with business and industry in the district, with increasing sponsorship for the Borough team confirming the club's importance to a widening community. Officers at the club have established links with local Rotary Clubs, and local schools, with tours of the ground regularly provided for groups from within the town.

There are plans for an extension to the junior and youth amenities at the ground (with additional dressing rooms and pitches) as the club seeks to enhance facilities for players of all ages.

There are still many individuals who give long hours of the service as the club maintains its place at the centre of the Community. It is such devotion that has made the club such a success.


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