Join the Common people this Sunday!

The facilities at Clapham CommonClub Website are hitting the road again this Sunday as our facilities tour heads out and about in the capital.

So if you’re in or around the South London area then come on down and pay us a visit!

We’ll be on Clapham Common to take a look at the facilities there and have a word with those people who use them, before taking in some Sunday League football.

Since we launched our Football Revolution at the start of this season, we’ve been wanting to find out what matters to you lot out there – the people at the heart of the grassroots game.

The first big topic that came up was the state of facilities available to amateur footballers across the UK, so we decided to look into it.

Turns out that half of you have to put up with facilities that are not up to scratch while many of you don’t even have any changing rooms to use for your matches.

Club Website 'condemned' signsYou’ve been sending in your stories, photos and videos of your facilites – or lack of them! – so we decided to pay a few of them a visit.

The tour so far has seen us head to Birmingham and South Yorkshire – both eye opening experiences we can tell you! – and now, after trips up north and to the Midlands, we thought it was time to focus on the south of the country.

We’ve heard a fair few things about the facilities at Clapham Common – none of them too complimentary! – so we’ve decided that was our next port of call.

We want to see exactly what state the place is in and speak to those who play there.  Sundays at Clapham Common are always busy, so we’ll be taking the chance to speak to players and managers using the changing rooms to find out what they think about them and other facilities in the South London area.

A muddy Sunday League pitchWe’ll then take up the case on behalf of those people who use the facilities and try to get something done about the issue, as we’re trying to do right across the country!

While we’re on the Common we’ll be taking in a Sunday League game or two, so if you’re due to play at Clapham on Sunday and fancy chewing the fat on all things grassroots football – or anything else that takes your fancy! –  then keep an eye out for the Club Website boys and pop over and say hello.

Hope to see you there!

o if you’re in or around the South London area then come on down and pay us a visit!
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  1. Julie on March 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Clapham Common has to be the worst. We are a Ladies football team that sometimes have to play there and it is disgusting, there is nothing for Ladies regarding changing and toilets or showers. It’s something from the dark ages and needs to be condemned!

    I can’t believe the Council have contracted it out and allow it still to be in this state, and it’s not just in the last year it’s been like this, what it would take to make them do something about it! But hey they don’t care as long as they get their money from the contractors!

    I am gutted we are not there this Sunday as we would have something to say to you guys regarding this place and it be a lot!

  2. Smiley says on March 13, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Clapham common is our home ground and this common certainly subverts any connotation of the word “home”.
    However, if you are lucky, you could leave with a used condom or syringe or the possibility of contracting herpies from the male toilets!

    The male toilets are a pleasant experience! Once you have waded through urine that cleans your muddy football boots, you encounter a door which neither locks or closes. Which means, there is a possibility of some vouyeristic activities………… shall I go on?

  3. Spencer Courtis on April 24, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Have a look at our changing rooms in Cape Town, South Africa – I posted on Facebook:

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