Malvern Town FC unveils revamped clubhouse
Malvern Town Football Club has unveiled an £80,000 revamp of its clubhouse and ambitious plans to turn the building into a community hub.
Work got underway earlier this year and involved the total renovation of the clubhouse including new windows, flooring, a larger kitchen, new disabled toilet, baby changing facilities and bar area.
On top of that 12 state-of-the-art television screens have been installed, including two big screens, which will show coverage of every major sporting event on Sky and BT Sport.
The project was part funded using £50,000 from the Big Pickersleigh Project, which was led by Malvern Hills District Council and a range of other organisations, with the aim of improving the lives of people living in the area.
Club chairman Chris Pinder’s company, HD Connectivity Ltd based in Malvern Link, has also provided £30,000 towards the total cost.
An official opening is planned during the summer as part of an all day community event.
The transformation will help ensure the club is financially sustainable going forward, following Malvern Hills District Council’s decision to buy the Langland Avenue Stadium which helped rescue it from financial difficulty.
Plans are now being developed to use the clubhouse as a hub for community activities. Ideas already in the pipeline include the creation of a parent and toddler group, after school homework club and the provision of adult education courses.
Fortis Living is also working with the club to provide digital support sessions on Thursdays between 10am and 12pm, dealing with IT problems and helping ensure jobseekers are digitally ready.
The venue can also be used for luncheons, meetings, wedding receptions and is open six nights a week to the public, with no need to become a member.
The club hopes to appoint a dedicated Community Outreach Officer before the end of the month to help progress the plans.
Chris Pinder, Chairman of Malvern Town FC, said: “The new clubhouse demonstrates the modern, vibrant club we are and we are grateful to the Big Pickersleigh Project and Malvern District Council for their support.
“This will not only help make us more financially sustainable but we now have the building to deliver on our ambition to increase our outreach to the community and there are some exciting plans being developed.”
Cllr Val Myatt, Chairman of the Big Pickersleigh Project, said: “The clubhouse has been totally transformed from what it was and the community plans the club have for the future, will give Pickersleigh something it has never had before. It’s a wonderful legacy for the project.”
Cllr David Watkins, Portfolio Holder for Healthier Communities on Malvern Hills District Council, added: “It was wonderful to see the transformation the clubhouse has undergone and to hear the plans for the future. It shows we were right to buy the stadium and give Chris and his team the chance to turn the club into something which will be a real asset to the town.”