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, replacing the grass pitch which had been prone to flooding with weather resistant turf. The scheme has been managed 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 by the Football Foundation, the project has received generous funding from the King Henry VIII Charitable Trust and Warwick Town Council.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Councillor Jan Matecki commented:
“After such a difficult year, it’s 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 become a valuable asset for the whole community.
"This will give even more local people the opportunity to take part in sporting activity throughout the year without weather or access restrictions.”
The Chairman of Racing Club Warwick, Gary Vella said:
“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. We now have a top quality playing surface for our first team, every day of the week.
"We can also host all of our training and games, expand the academy and offer facilities to other junior sides in the area alongside our plans for women's, girls and disability football. We can’t wait to get the go ahead to start up again.'
Racing Club Warwick is planning an official opening of the new pitch, later in the year, once national restrictions are lifted.