Kick-off for £1.1million stadium revamp

Work has kicked-off on a £1.1million revamp of Malvern Town Football Club.

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday, 2 May to celebrate the beginning of the project that will transform the HDANYWHERE Stadium.

Under the scheme the pitch will be replaced with a state-of-the-art 3G artificial playing surface, there will be new modern changing rooms built to FA standards and the floodlighting will also be improved.

The project is being funded by £600,000 from the Premier League/Football Foundation Football Facilities grant, 100,000 from the Football Foundation's Stadium Improvement Fund and more than £300,000 from money linked to planning agreements. The club has also raised £50,000 through sponsorship and donations.

Work will start on the changing rooms first allowing the club to complete all of its remaining home fixtures. The pitch and other improvements will then be carried out over the summer and are due to be completed in September.

The council has been working with the club on the project to help achieve its ambition to expand the number of junior, girls and women's teams, train more higher level coaches and improve the first team so it can compete at a higher level. Off the pitch, it is also hoped the new agreement will allow the club to build on its range of community projects such as providing diversionary activities for young people at risk of low level anti-social behaviour, family fun days and holiday sport camps.

Chris Pinder, Chairman of Malvern Town FC, said: "For the 2019/20 season, Malvern's stadium is going to feel a very different place, offering a fantastic new experience for players and spectators alike. The new changing rooms are twice the size of the current ones and will be of very high quality."

Mark Hammond, Contracts and Development Manager for Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We're delighted work has finally begun on this important project that will deliver first class facilities which will help the club achieve its ambition to become a community hub at the heart of the community."

Pictured: Chris Pinder, Chairman of Malvern Town FC, Mark Hammond, Contracts and Development Manager for Malvern Hills District Council and Nick Johns, site operative.

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