Following the fantastic result by the England Lionesses winning the Final of the Women's European Championships on Sunday MBC is recognising the achievement of the team and in particular Alessia Russo (forward) who went to school and grew up in Maidstone. Working with her family, the Council is arranging Civic Recognition in the County Town and to contribute to the legacy that we all hope flows from the Lionesses achievements to increase participation in sport and particularly girls playing football at all levels.
As part of this, Alessia Russo has been invited to officially open the new Mote Park Café and Visitor Centre later this year where the community room will be dedicated to her and a collection of memorabilia will be on display depicting her time growing up and playing football in Maidstone. During that day she will be accompanied by members of her family, students from her previous schools – East Farleigh and St Simon Stock, some players from Bearsted FC and other local people. They will be invited by the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Derek Mortimer to join him for afternoon tea, who would like to show his appreciation for what Alessia and the Lionesses have achieved and set in motion actions to inspire future generations.
Mayor of Maidstone – Cllr Derek Mortimer said:
Maidstone Borough Council is delighted to be able to be able to officially recognise Alessia with this Civic Recognition at the new Mote Park Visitor Centre. We are very much looking forward to her officially opening this state of the art new facility which will be so important to our beautiful park which hosts a whole range of play and sports facilities for the Maidstone community. Well done Alessia everyone in Maidstone is so proud of you.
MBC is leading the work on the Mote Park Café and Visitor Centre which is being built by BBS Construction. One of the Council's priorities is Safe, Clean and Green and the new facility will reflect that providing indoor and outdoor seating, flexible space for learning, an educational and meeting area for local schools and community groups to hire and new larger modern toilet facilities. The build of the new facility began in June 2021 and includes landscaping and toilets at a cost of cost £2.5m and is the second phase of the Council’s investment in the redevelopment and improvements of Mote Park.
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