The official opening of the £800,000 redevelopment of Harborough Town’s ground will take place on Thursday 1 November 2018.
While the first fixture was played at the Harborough Town Community Football Ground back in August following the redevelopment of the main ground and installation of the state-of-art artificial grass pitch, the project has only recently been completed with the provision of a new car park to the front and side of the club house.
Laurence Jones, chairman of Harborough Town’s trustees, said: “I’m delighted that that the project has now been fully completed with the addition of the new car park which has transformed the club and everyone connected with the club is delighted with the final outcome.
“This is the culmination of four years of very hard work and I am delighted for the Trustees staff and members of the club who have put in so much time and effort into ensuring that the club has a truly outstanding grassroots football facility which will be a real community asset.
“I would like to pay tribute to the trustees, volunteers and employees of the club, they have been amazing. The hours of dedication and commitment shown by what is a very small group of people in not just delivering this project but the overall transformation of the club over the last four seasons is nothing short of remarkable, and the official opening is their special moment to enjoy.”
“Since the new ground opened the club has been inundated with positive compliments from our own members and visiting teams, the addition of the new car park completes the project and the end result has transformed the club.
“With eleven grass pitches and two artificial pitches Harborough Town has some of the finest grassroots football facilities in the country, which is something the local community should be very proud of.
Jones added: “The official opening which will be at 5pm on Thursday, 1 November, 2018 will provide the club with a chance to showcase the ground to the organisations who have played a critical role in turning what was a vision into reality, and to mark the occasion Harborough Town first team will be playing an FA Representative X1 in a game that will kick off at 7.45pm. It will be a great honour for the club to host an FA Representative X1 which will be managed by Paul Fairclough who is the manager of the England C Team. We hope that the fixture will capture local interest and people turn out to watch the game.
“The trustees and everyone connected with the club would like to place on record our huge thanks and appreciation to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund delivered through the Football Foundation, Harborough District Council and Leicestershire & Rutland County FA who have come together and worked with the club over the last four years to turn our vision of creating a football hub that will benefit the community of Market Harborough into reality.”
The project funding is made up of £436,123 from the Premier League & FA Facilities Fund delivered by the Football Foundation, £70,427 from Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and £270,000 secured by Harborough District Council from section 106 agreements where the authority obtained funds from developers for community use. The club is also investing £50,000 of its own funds.
Harborough Town is an FA Charter Standard Community Club playing in the Future Lions United Counties Football League and has more than 800 players aged from six to 70 representing 48 teams. The club is also home to Brooke House Football Academy, The Royalists FC, The Cherry Tree FC, Little Bowden HTFC, Harborough Churches, Soccer Sixes League, Northants Football Development Centre and FDS.