Chris Bond joins Dec 2022

Chris starts in new North Suffolk role

CHRIS Bond is looking forward to growing football in the county and especially North Suffolk.

CHRIS Bond is looking forward to growing football in the county and especially North Suffolk.

The 32-year-old has just started his new job as Facilities & Football Development Officer at Suffolk FA.

Chris (pictured above) will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Barnards Soccer Centre in Lowestoft, supporting North Suffolk clubs with facilities and investment and also club development in that area of the county.

Born in Gorleston, Chris attended Denes High School in Lowestoft and was a schoolboy at Ipswich Town FC and an apprentice at Lincoln City FC. He played locally for Lowestoft Town, Kirkley & Pakefield and Waveney.

He spent ten years at Sentinel Leisure Trust as a Facility & Community Manager and had been working for Ipswich Town FC this year within Academy Operations.

Chris was named Suffolk FA Volunteer of the Year 2022 in the England Football and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards.

He said of his new role: “This post gives me a chance to enhance and grow football in the county, in particular the North Suffolk area where I will predominately be based.

“Barnards Soccer Centre has been a hub for local football for many years now and I’m excited to develop the facilities and what the site currently has to offer, which will provide some fantastic opportunities for the local community in the future.

Suffolk FA Football Development Manager Matt Stebbings said: “It is great to have Chris on board. Chris has a wealth of knowledge and experience on the site and already has good links with the local clubs.

“Barnards poses an exciting new challenge for the Suffolk FA, given the current cost of living and energy crisis’ but we look forward to working with all the clubs, individuals and organisations who will call the site their home and making it a success for the local North Suffolk footballing community.”

Anyone wishing to enquire about facility bookings or sponsorship opportunities at Barnards Soccer Centre, please email

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