A football team has started work on a new club house which will replace a pavilion on the Chislehurst Recreation Ground.

FC Elmstead - who play in the Southern Counties East Football League - has said the club house will include a public cafe, changing facilities and a toilet.

Chairman of FC Elmstead Fabio Ross said: "This will be a major step forward for FC Elmstead and for Chislehurst Recreation Ground when the work is complete.

"Successful football clubs need good facilities and the new club house, which will comply with the FA’s current standards, will help sustain FC Elmstead’s steady improvement over the years."

The group Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Ground (FOCRG) is supporting the project.

Chairman of FOCRG Barbara Arora encouraged people to visit the park.

She said: "Football provides a focal point to our Recreation Ground but there is so much more than football to the Rec too, with the children’s play area and places to walk and exercise for instance, including dogs too."

The finances for the clubhouse were delivered the Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund (£258,865) with the rest of the £363,864 coming from Chislehurst Playing Fields Association, Chislehurst Society, London Marathon Charitable Trust and FC Elmstead.

Executive Councillor for Environment William Huntington-Thresher added: “We are delighted to be able to support this exciting project which demonstrates what can be achieved with vision, partnership, a ‘can do’ attitude and sheer hard work."