Worthing chairman hails 'people's commitment' following extensive ground improvements

Chairman Barry Hunter hailed ‘people’s commitment’ after groundworks were completed at Worthing.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 9:18 am
Updated Thursday, 18th March 2021, 9:22 am
Worthing's Crucial Environmental Stadium. Picture courtesy of Worthing Football Club

Work on the Crucial Environmental Stadium has seen the pitch receive full FIFA Pro Quality accreditation and is fully fit for purpose.

Work on the pitch included correcting areas of the sub base and capping the whole surface with a laser levelled tarmacadam layer. Over this a brand new 3G all weather carpet has been laid.

The substantial work around the ground has been supported by the community and was aided by last summer’s ‘Future’s Bright’ campaign.

Overall Worthing have invested £500,000 through community fundraising and grants.

The club has also installed a new state of the art floodlight system, a new North East corner to enable match day crowd segregation with a new turnstile entrance and refreshment and toilet block, and upgraded changing rooms.

Hunter said: “I’m not surprised by the progress we have made with the ground upgrade to the extent that I have done something similar before and I knew what we could raise through the grant system financially.

“But I have been so impressed by the extent of people’s commitment to make it happen, over such a short period of time, throughout a pandemic. It started with the crowdfunder last summer which saw the club reach out to our community to raise nearly £45,000 within a matter of weeks. A real coming together for a common cause, absolutely brilliant!

“Add to that the efforts by the clubs newly formed management committee, who drove the grant applications, budgeting, specifications, scheduling, legal process and hours of practical time at the ground supporting the works. That’s what was impressive and I will always take the opportunity to thank them for their voluntary time.”