Worcestershire FA has today announced plans to invest and develop the County Sports Ground (subject to planning approval).
The site, situated at Claines Lane, Worcester, is the proposed location of an ambitious switch, which would see the county’s governing body of football move to a state of the art facility in Autumn 2019.
The plans consist of: creating a brand new community 3G playing surface; upgrading the current grass pitch from FA Step 7 to Step 6 standard (including the instalment of floodlights and a small covered seating area); and upgrading the changing rooms in a new building space. This new space will also include: community areas, office areas, and training facilities.
Whilst providing the local community with opportunities for use, the centrality of the facility within the county makes it an ideal location for Worcestershire’s future football hub.
The idea behind this ambitious project came when the County FA was presented with a chance to take on the lease of the site from Worcestershire County Council and work in conjunction with the local community. This was seen as an opportunity for Worcestershire FA to provide a space for football to develop however, there were soon some issues with this plan when the current building had to be downgraded. Some areas also had to be sectioned off due to health and safety.
The new plans aim to address this and show that the site will be a secure and safe environment for the community where everyone will want to come and play football.
Nichola Trigg, CEO of the Worcestershire Football Association commented, “we are extremely excited about this project as not only will we be able to provide a much needed 3G pitch for the City of Worcester and its surrounding area, but we’re also moving the County FA headquarters to a site which everyone associates with football. Our aim is to make this a safe, positive football hub for the community to use for many years to come”.