A star-studded line up of Manchester United legends, including Dennis Irwin, Sammy McIlroy, Clayton Blackmore and Andy Ritchie, joined ex-manager Ron Atkinson to officially open Evesham United Football Club’s new stadium, funded by the Football Foundation and the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).
The official opening ceremony of the Robins Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium was followed by a match between Evesham United Old Boys’ and a Manchester United Legends side that boasted over 2,500 Red Devils appearances between the team.
A crowd of around 1,700 came to see the stadium opened by Ron Atkinson and then witnessed the United Legends roll back the years with a comfortable 4-1 victory.
The project will allow Evesham United to meet the growing demand for football in the local community and provide appropriate facilities for the first team to host Southern League Premier Division matches.
The new stadium will help facilitate a five-year Football Development Plan to increase the number of teams at the club from 22 to 42, bringing the total number of club members to 670.
The facility includes six first team and community changing rooms, seven community grass pitches, and an associated social space.
The club worked in partnership with the Worcestershire County FA to secure a £955,457 grant from the Football Foundation and an additional £150,000 from the FSIF.
Jim Cockerton, Chairman of Evesham United, said: “This is a fantastic day for Evesham United and the local community. The project has taken years of planning and to see the stadium complete and ready to be used makes it all worth while.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted to see this tremendous new facility complete and ready for use by the local community. The dedication and hard work of Evesham United FC, Worcestershire County FA and local MP, Peter Luff, over a number of years has resulted in the successful completion of this project.
“This project, and each of the 8,000 others we have funded across the country to date, would not have been possible without the essential support of our funding partners the Premier League, The FA and the Government.”
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