Football club's �2m revamp under way

CONSTRUCTION work to overhaul the way football is run from grass roots to semi-professional standard in a Suffolk town has got under way.

Russell Claydon

CONSTRUCTION work to overhaul the way football is run from grass roots to semi-professional standard in a Suffolk town has got under way.

The �2million project to upgrade facilities at AFC Sudbury's Kings Marsh Stadium began yesterday with the club hoping it will kick-start their search for new generation of talent in the town.

A new, permanent clubhouse alongside the main pitch is being built by local contractor SEH from Ipswich.


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The AFC Sudbury Grassroots and Community Pavilion, which will have four changing rooms, will provide a major boost to youth teams and local community groups.

A multi-purpose classroom will also be built which the club will use to supplement learning for club youths during club nights and weekends.

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During weekdays it is planned to be used as an educational base for local schools, voluntary groups and those with special needs.

Access to the internet educational software and other learning support will also be available.

The new clubhouse will contain a function room capable of seating 150 people while the first-team and the reserves will get new dressing rooms and a gym.

The existing physiotherapy provisions and press facilities will also be overhauled and fans will be given a new catering area and club shop.

A spokesman for the club, which plays in the Southern League, said: “We are delighted for all our supporters who have been incredibly patient and understanding.

“We believe we will deliver facilities for everyone to enjoy and be proud of for many years to come.”

Construction work is likely to take 11 months but the club have said it will not cause any interference to AFC's first or reserve team fixtures for the 2009-10 season.

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