Dartford Football Club's Princes Park ground nominated for national green award
PUBLISHED: 09:31 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 09:32 27 February 2013
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Dartford FC may have fallen a step short of reaching Wembley but they have been nominated for a national eco-friendly award.
Princes Park is one of four places shortlisted in the best initiative by a small or medium-sized business category and will find out if it has been successful on Monday (March 4).
Co-chairman Dave Skinner thinks hosting an England ‘C’ international earlier this month showed how good the ground is.
He said: “The FA chairman David Bernstein came down to the ground last year for a Kent FA event and we took the opportunity to show him around.
“He was very impressed. Usually the FA choose the ground of a big club who has just been relegated from the Football League for England ‘C’ games so it was a big feather in our cap.
“Everyone is delighted with this nomination but we’re not surprised. One of the ideas behind the stadium was that it would be environmentally friendly.”
Princes Park, among other features, has solar panels on the roof, a water recycling system and condensing boilers to provide a more efficient energy system.
Dartford lost in the FA Trophy semi-final to Grimsby on Saturday, but for this competition they will up against Albert: a British Academy of Film and Television Arts sustainability scheme, eco-friendly Scottish hairdressers Elan Hair Design and the Allerton Project Game and Wildlife Conservation trust in Leicester.