Albeit behind closed doors, there is much excitement for Racing Club Warwick players, members and fans with the completion of a new 3G artificial playing surface at their Hampton Road ground.
The new all-weather pitch is part of an 18-month long project to upgrade the Warwick District Council owned venue. The work to replace the grass pitch which had been prone to flooding has been completed through a partnership between the Council, Racing Club Warwick and the Football Foundation. In addition to £150k from the District Council and a successful grant awarded from the Football Foundation, the scheme has received generous funding from King Henry VIII Endowed Trust and Warwick Town Council.
After such a difficult year, it is very rewarding to know that the long held plans for these wonderful new facilities have now become a reality for Racing Club Warwick. The new pitch, will provide a fitting home for the Club and provide a valuable asset for the whole community giving even more local people the opportunity to take part in sporting activity throughout the year without weather or access restrictions. This project is the first of a series of similar projects that the Council intends to develop in the coming years as part of a co-ordinated and prioritised Local Football Facilities Plan.
The new 3G pitch will be a real community facility, enabling the club to link in with other Junior clubs and partners from within the local area to provide a venue that is accessible for all. They now have a top quality playing surface for their first team, every day of the week. They can also host all of their training and games, expand the academy and offer facilities to other Junior sides in the area alongside their plans for Women’s, girls and disability football.
Racing Club Warwick is planning an official opening of the new pitch, later in the year, once national restrictions are lifted.
A grant of £10,000 in support of this project was awarded by The King Henry VIII Endowed Trust, Warwick.