The cricket club field a 2nd XI in the I’Anson League for the first time in over ten years.
Pavilion 2022 project initiated to build a new pavilion that the village can be proud of and meet the needs of the village for the next 50 years.
Junior sections of the tennis, cricket and football clubs have flourished. Several of the original juniors gaining recognition at district and county level and going on to play in the senior sides.
The demand for use of the the pavilion by all the sports clubs continues to increase. The pavilion is no longer large enough to accommodate those that wish / need to use it.
FiT, Fernhurst in Training continues on a Saturday morning, attended by around 15. FiT has been so successful that a Tuesday evening session has been introduced.
Junior cricket has run throughout the summer. Over 60 juniors have signed up and attended these sessions.
Donk’s Cafe continues to provide sustenance for all parties when they have finished their sessions.
The cricket Sunday XI has been run to provide cricket for the older juniors (and their fathers). This has been very successful as on one occasion 22 Fernhurst players turned out for a friendly match when the opposition cried off.
The football club has,
Engaged a coach for the senior players.
Introduced summer training for the senior teams.
Advanced the successful Under 16 team of 2013 to the Under 18 league.
Engaged a new junior coach for the Saturday sessions.
In January an open day was held to allow the sports clubs and others that used the facilities to present to the village what they did and intended to do.
Subsequently FiT, Fernhurst in Training (fitness training sessions) and Fernhurst (now Peripatos) Golf Society were formed.
From then on Saturday mornings got busy at the recreation ground. Junior football or cricket, FiT and tennis all take place during the mornings with parents and grand-parents watching from Donks Café in the pavilion.
SKY installed in the pavilion allowing The Lions Tests, Ashes and Saturday Premier football to be shown.
Cricket Nets opened by Sir Tim Rice.
Fernhurst FC played South Coast Lions in the inaugural match on the new football pitch. South Coast Lions included ex-Portsmouth and Tottenham players, Guy Butters and Darren Anderton.
Fundraising (£100,000+) completed by April, a new, level, draining football pitch was largely completed by October.
Football club received a £5,000 grant over 5 years from Football Foundation for their development programme.
Fundraising started for the construction of a 2 lane outdoor cricket net facility with bowling machine. By the end of the year £30,000 of the required £50,000 had been raised.
Pavilion refurbishment completed including a new kitchen.
Fundraising for the new football pitch started.
Three new tennis courts were constructed and the tennis club founded.
Chichester District Council approved grants towards the extensive refurbishment of the pavilion and a new football pitch.
Rob Peck took over as Chairman of the Football Club.
The ‘Total Project’ per se was abandoned as it was clear that financial constraints etc were precluding National Sports Associations from making the necessary large scale grants.
Chichester District Council advised that the project should be broken down into smaller sequential projects which they would support through their Large Leisure Grants Scheme.
The tractor shed was rebuilt.
Fundraising for the tennis courts began.
In the face of delays in securing grants from the national sports associations, the £100,000+ was returned with thanks to the patient private donors, many of whom generously registered their interest in subscribing to a successor scheme.
To overcome a perceived problem of the sports clubs applying for grants for facilities that would then become the property of the Trust, a merger of the sports clubs into the Trust was negotiated and completed.
By this time, the bowls club had disbanded.
Having taken advice from consultants, Chichester District Council, Football Association and others, a ‘Total Project’ which included a drained football pitch, tennis courts, bowls green and a new pavilion, was developed with an estimated cost of £1.5+million.
Appeal literature was produced, and private fund-raising began, which eventually raised £100,000+. At the same time, Chichester District Council said they would grant an amount we understood to be about £400,000, providing major Sporting Federations did likewise.
‘Champions’, an individual or organisation to raise the money for construction and ongoing maintenance, of a skateboard and a multi-purpose hard facility could not be found therefore were dropped from any future plans at the recreation ground.
It is proposed bowls, tennis, a skateboard park and a multi-purpose area be constructed at the recreation ground.
Fernhurst Parish Council was asked to agree that all future outdoor sporting facilities in the village be located at the recreation ground.
Syngenta decide to close their Fernhurst offices.
An STRI Ground Survey confirmed that the clay top layer at the recreation ground meant that significant and costly work was required to ensure good drainage necessary for frequent winter use of the football pitch.
AstraZeneca and Novartis announce that they are to merge their agrochemicals businesses to form Syngenta and that the HQ will be in Switzerland although there will still be a presence in Fernhurst.