WORK on Evesham United’s new stadium is beginning in the new year. More than six years of hard graft behind the scenes is about to come to fruition when the first steps towards the Robins’ new home are taken in the second week of January. The Zamaretto Premier Division club’s stadium will feature a 300-seat main stand — enough to satisfy Southern League criteria — a covered area behind one goal, parking and a function room.
Costing £1.87 million, the 25-acre development will also include eight full-sized pitches, a grass training area, facilities for mini soccer and six changing rooms.
The project, hoped to be ready for the start of the 2010/11 season in August, will also benefit to the sum of £850,000 in the form of grants from the Football Foundation, Sport England and the Football Stadia Improvement Fund. The first stage of development will see 4,500 trees planted at the Cheltenham Road site before any structural work begins.
Club chairman Jim Cockerton said:
“We are going to start in the second week of January. Everything is all in place and organised.
“We have got to do the landscaping first then the builder, David Wright Developments, will be moving in to start getting prepared. We are all pretty excited and can’t wait to get going.”
Evesham left their Common Road home in 2006 and have been tenants at Worcester City’s St George’s Lane ground ever since.
United first applied for planning permission in 2003, but had to re-submit plans in 2008 after the initial five-year period granted by Wychavon District Council expired.