Bracknell Town Football Club was formed in 1896 as Old Bracknell Wanderers and changed its name to Bracknell F.C. in 1949.

The club played in the local leagues until joining the Great Western league. After four seasons in this league and renaming the club Bracknell Town in 1962 the club was elected to the Surrey Senior League, which they won in the 1969/70 season. The club also won the league cup in 1968/69 and 1969/70. After this success, the club entered the Spartan League (later re-named the London Spartan League) and finished runners up on goal average in 1975/76, in which they also reach the fifth round of the FA Vase.

At the start of the 2016/17 season, major investment was put into the Bracknell Town FC ground to improve facilities for the senior men’s first team. A knock-on effect of this investment was the surge of youth and junior teams that further added to the membership and use of the facility.

Since that considerable investment, BTFC Senior Men’s First Team has risen from near relegation from step 5 football to the pinnacle of step 4 and pressing for promotion into step 3 and the upper levels of non-league football. The current ground and facilities have never been required to operate above step 4 and have boundary restrictions on all 4 sides limiting development and capacity. The FA has updated its Ground Grading Requirements (set out within the National Ground Grading Category C) which means that the current ground is not compliant with regards to achieving the new safety standards required. The ground would require a standing capacity of 1,950 for supporters as stipulated for this league and in order to allow the opportunity of achieving the maximum future potential of 3000. A greater investment in the facilities and site is therefore required in order to progress beyond the current league and for the future league status and standing of the club. In addition, the current ground, with a single pitch, is incapable of serving the nearly 500 players at various levels and ages, and our new girls academy that now require this type of facility in order to progress. During fixtures on the current site the club have attracted crowds of up to 1300 people on several occasions in recent seasons and the fan base remains on an upward curve. When operating in and beyond its current capacity, the site not only struggles to cope, but also struggled and continues to do so with regards electricity supply and having to implement extra measures in order to maintain health and safety standards. The Environmental Health (BFC) have had numerous complaints in recent years and requested that we do not make tannoy announcements or play music during fixtures which in turn effects the ambiance within the ground but more so the league requirements to announce team sheets prior to kick off.

A crucial downfall of the current facility is its design and its lack of opportunity to provide equality with regards access for female and disabled participants or spectators. This has been a growing concern for the club for some time and the redevelopment project would enable us to open further doors and opportunities for these groups. The proposal is therefore to upgrade and relocate the current facilities to 3 separate locations. This will not only further serve the needs of the local schools and communities and improve the environment for all involved but provide further educational opportunities on the sites during the day for the 16-19 age group within the community for both boys and girls. The new, bespoke and compliant facilities will be to the benefit of all for many years to come. These new locations will also provide considerably improved overall facilities for the local community and educational institutes as the new sites will be able to suitably accommodate multi sports.

In order to realise its future ambitions, the club needs to move to a larger stadium outside of Bracknell town centre. This development will help to enable this move.

Backing up the proposal for the redevelopment is the fact that the site has been allocated by the Council for housing development since 2013, and forms part of the Council’s current housing supply requirements. This means the redevelopment of the existing BTFC ground will provide the much needed opportunity to make available high quality affordable homes in a highly sustainable location and would provide vital funding for the aims and objectives of the BTFC facilities development project.