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With the club failing to regain its Premier status, it looked likely that development work would be put on hold, however Brian and Co. have come up trumps again and we continue into the important 2009/10 season on course with the work required.
The sponsors have been retained and new ones have also come in and so their perimeter boards grace the ground and the program continues to prosper, a revamp is in hand for the new season to provide more information to our fans.
The upstairs offices, seminar suite and IT infrastructure are starting to bring rewards and are enabling the club to raise revenue for funding the future and for the joint aim of provding a social & business focal point for the local community's needs. A lift has been installed to allow full disabled access to the building and full up stairs toilet and kitchen facilties are in place. CCTV is in place to keep the secuity tight for this presitigous development.
We are now working towards our Domestic and UEFA licences to comply with the new criteria for promotion to the proposed twelve (later ten) club Premier League and the changing rooms have now been fully refurbishment to provide more room, treatment facilties, medical testing including drugs, female facilties (officials etc) and better access.
A new match day kitchen and snack bar has been located adjacent to the dressing rooms and press facilities will be incorporated. The club house kitchen is to be extended and refitted to cope with the hospitality and function needs.
There is a plan in hand install additional seating into the area behind the goal to comply with the licence directives and we will also be carrying out some essential maintenance to keep the ground up to scratch for this season.
The goalmouths have been re-turfed and the pitch has had a lot of seeding, fertilising and repair work done; we did consider lifting it and laying more drainage, but last season we only postponed one game and although it was not good at times, we have other plans in the pipeline to address the playing surface.
The club passed the original Premier League inspection as expected, but regardless of future promotion or not, we will be working continually on the whole club infrastructure to provide long term stability for both the club and the community faciilties.
So you can see a lot going on off the field which costs a lot of money with not all of it subject to grants, and considerable work by the members and volunteers and we always need more, anyone with spare time and an interest in football and the community would be more than welcome to join us, just make yourself known and we will do the rest.
Despite the considerable amount of work done, wefailed to gain a full safety certificate which denied us our Domestic Licence, we are of course completing any necessary work and will re apply nex season.
Meanwhile plans are in had for the continued future development of the club.