WORK on the £1.1million revamp of Malvern Town Football Club is under way following an official groundbreaking ceremony, writes Henri Bujard.
Changes will include replacing the pitch with a state-of-the-art 3G artificial playing surface, building new modern changing rooms to FA standards and the improvement of the ground’s floodlights in time for the 2019/20 season.
The scheme received £600,000 from the Premier league, £100,000 from the Football Foundation’s Stadium Improvement Fund and over £300,000 from money linked to planning agreement.
The club also managed to raise £50,000 through sponsorship deals and donations.
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 spectator alike.”
The council helped the club with the project in a bid to help it achieve its ambition of expanding the number of junior, girls and women’s teams as well as training higher level coaches and improving the first team.
Mark Hammond, contracts and development manager for Malvern Hills District Council, said: “We are 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 hub at the heart of the community.”
Work will begin on the changing rooms first allowing the club to complete all its remaining home fixtures, meanwhile further improvements will commence during the summer and are due to be completed by September.