Weston-super-Mare Football Club to build ‘fantastic’ new 3G pitch

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 January 2017

Chairman Paul Bliss (left) and and Richard Sloane club secretary (right).

Chairman Paul Bliss (left) and and Richard Sloane club secretary (right).


Weston Football Club has announced plans for a 3G training pitch have finally been given the go-ahead, something which its football development director says is ‘crucial’ for the club to move forward.

Plans for the artificial grass pitch have been in the pipeline for the past five years but planning applications and attempts to secure funding have delayed the project.

However, the pitch is now set to be ready for the 2017/2018 season, which begins in August, thanks to funding from the Football Association, the Football Foundation, as well as some private funding.

It will be used by Weston’s youth team to train on and will be built on the training pitch next to the first team pitch.

The club has also announced it will be available for private bookings for community groups, with the booking procedures set to be announced in the future.

Jon Haile, who returned as the club’s football development director at the start of this season, told the Mercury he is glad the wheels are now in motion for the side’s development.

He said: “It has taken a long time as it is a long process with planning applications and funding.

“It also has to be in conjunction with the Football Foundation so I know people were getting frustrated with the delay as it has been a long time coming.

“But it is fantastic news. We had to work really hard to cater for the youth team last year with the weather and that will be different this year.”

Mr Haile returned to The Woodspring Stadium, in Winterstoke Road, at the beginning of this season from a job at Premier League football club Liverpool.

He said the reasons for returning were its potential and the plans for this 3G facility.

He added: “This development is the reason I came back to the club. I needed that assurance it was happening as it is crucial to have these facilities if we want to be competing at this level.

“Also, I think it will be brilliant for the education side which we are working really hard to develop.”

Richard Sloane, the club’s secretary, said this will provide a ‘great experience’ for the community.

He said: “The 3G will be a massive addition to the club, not just for the revenue stream but more importantly the experience the community will get from these facilities.

“It will improve player development, not to mention the experience our under-18s academy will gain from this.”

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 19:58

A newly-formed choral ensemble will perform festive carols this week.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:00

A Weston-born composer provided the music for Prince Charles’s 70th birthday dinner.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Shoppers will be able to park in Weston-super-Mare for free in the run-up to Christmas.

Read more
North Somerset Council Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 16:00

Outstanding building projects were recognised at an award ceremony at Weston Museum last week.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:38

North Somerset’s two MPs have both pledged their allegiance to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

Pupils and teachers from Locking Preschool hosted a Christmas fair at the village hall this weekend.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

The winner of this year’s Turnip Prize is a plastic dog on top of a bowl full of jelly.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:58

A decision on whether almost 50 homes will be built on an industrial estate will be made soon.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:23

Planning a wedding? The Royal Hotel’s wedding coordinator Haley Montgomery shares her top tips on winter weddings and more.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

Excited children spent the morning making Christingles during a messy church service in Weston.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 2°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists