Ramblers on the Move?


Perspective on Burnham Ramblers Football Club











Burnham Ramblers Football Club currently own the freehold on 10 acres of land at Leslie Field, Springfield Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex CM0 8TE. The football club currently participates in the Essex Senior League, Essex & herts Border League, Eastern Junior Alliance League, Mid Essex Leagues, Blackwater & Dengie Youth Football League, Chelmsford and District League. Our football teams range from the age of seven through to sixteen within the junior section and we have six teams playing within the senior section of the club. This totals over 250 local players signed to play football for Burnham Ramblers this year.

Within our ten acres we have the main pitch, which is totally enclosed by a six foot fence with seating for 150 people in the main stand. The ground has a capacity of 2500 people. Outside of the main arena we have a junior pitch and s senior football pitch plus a large training area. To facilitate the teams we have six changing rooms with showers, two Referee changing rooms with showers plus physio and managers rooms. The clubhouse also has a large function room that is often used for weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries and other local community functions. Separate from the main hall we have a Members Bar and a Boardroom.

The Club opens its doors each year to the Blackwater & Dengie Youth League to play finals on the main pitch. The Burnham Charity Cup Final also takes place the first week of May each year.

It is widely recognised that Burnham Ramblers has one of the finest facilities within the area especially within the Essex Senior Football League. The Club has just applied to be considered for promotion to the Isthmian Football League (Ryman) for season 2003/2004. The Club prides itself with its youth development policy, with our Under Sixteen's and Under Eighteen's playing at a high standard in the Eastern Junior Alliance League. One of our Under Eighteen goalkeepers is currently training at Chelsea Football Club. Last year two of the Under Sixteen's had trials for Arsenal Football Club.

Burnham Ramblers Football Club is very conscious of its role within the local community, it sees the opportunity in relocating to St Peters School as an ideal situation to help develop a much needed Sports Centre and Swimming Pool Complex. By selling our current site at Leslie Field for AFFORDABLE and LOW COST HOUSING, which is desperately needed within the area, the Club would be able to donate the much needed funds without effecting the civil purse. We would be working closely with St Peters School in the day to day running of the sports centre. The Club would also be looking at setting up a Youth Soccer Academy, promoting Girls and Ladies soccer, Hockey and Netball on the all weather surface. This project would in no way have a drain on local or district finances and would greatly benefit the people of not only Burnham on Crouch but the whole of the Dengie Peninsular.

The identification of Leslie Field as a Green Field site seems rather strange as over half the land has occupied buildings on it, has a boundary fence that restricts public access and is only available to Burnham ramblers visitors and guests. It is a must that Leslie Field be re classified as a brown field site as it clearly should be.