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Bedfordshire FA awarded management contract for Creasey Park Community Football Centre

Tuesday, 2 April 2024

Following an open procurement process, the Bedfordshire Football Association (Beds FA) has been successful in its bid to manage the Creasey Park Community Football Centre, located in Dunstable.

The contract commenced on 1 April 2024 for 9 years during which the Beds FA will be responsible for the management and ongoing development of the centre, which we own.

Creasey Park football pitches at night, under floodlights

The contract encompasses the management of two floodlit artificial 3G pitches, the main grass pitch with stadium, as well as seven other grass pitches catering for youth to adult level teams.

Additionally, the centre features a clubhouse complete with changing rooms, bar and café areas which, alongside a BMX track, provide a comprehensive sporting experience for the local community.

Since 2011, Dunstable Town Council has managed the Centre, establishing Creasey Park as one of the premier football centres in the local area. Through collaborative efforts with key stakeholders and community groups, the facility has evolved into a vibrant community hub, serving as the proud home ground for local football clubs, Dunstable Town FC and AFC Dunstable.

Looking ahead, the Beds FA is dedicated to further enhancing the centre’s offer to better serve the community. Plans are already underway to introduce a girls' academy to add to the existing women’s teams; underscoring Beds FA's commitment to promoting inclusivity and diversity within the local sporting landscape.

The Beds FA will build on the existing relationships and collaborate closely with stakeholders and community partners to ensure the continued growth and development of Creasey Park Community Football Centre as a thriving community hub.

Our Executive Member for Health and Community Liaison, Councillor Rebecca Hares, stated:

We would like to thank Dunstable Town Council for their management of the club since it opened, establishing it into a premier football centre and prized community hub in Dunstable. This will enable the Beds FA to take it onto the next stage and ensure it thrives as a highly valued cornerstone of our community for years to come.

Alan Young, Chief Executive of Bedfordshire Football Association, said:

We are delighted to have been successful and are looking forward to taking over management of the first-rate facilities at Creasey Park Community Football Centre. We aim to build upon the excellent work of Dunstable Town Council to maintain existing partnerships, programmes, and relationships, while developing the site further for both football and community needs.