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Reds In Discussions Over Facility Improvement

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Following an announcement at the Allerdale Mayor’s Civic Dinner, Evo-Stik League Premier club Workington AFC have confirmed that they have been meeting with representatives of Allerdale Borough Council and Workington Town Rugby Football League Club to discuss the future of both sports provision in Workington.

These discussions relate to improving facilities and offering a stronger and more sustainable future for both clubs.

It is intended that the ‘facilities’ on offer to Reds players and supporters will inspire and develop young players into playing football and that these proposals will match and exceed supporters’ ambitions.

A statement added: “Our ambitions for future growth and development started with a commitment to `Reds in the Community`. This is growing with a clear indication that there is an abundance of talent locally and facilities need to improve to match the progression.

“Initial discussions suggest it is quite clear that Allerdale Borough Council is keen to support both clubs’ aspirations, matching those of the local authority. They want to provide facilities which the local community can enjoy, which will enhance the town and, along with the new leisure centre, put Workington on the sporting map of Cumbria.

“There is a commitment from both clubs to work together to explore a range of options that will improve their facilities, for players and spectators, creating a sound footing for the future. It is hoped any proposed scheme would supplement the success of the Workington Leisure Centre.

“There is a commitment from ABC having recently agreed a capital investment strategy which included plans to improve sporting facilities, a key component in the Council Plan.

“The Council’s capital investment plan outlines a number of possible ways that sporting facilities could be funded but they must be self-sustainable, generate income and attract further investment in the town. It is also our responsibility to ascertain how this will be achieved leading to a brighter financial future for our club.

“Discussions are at a very early stage, but the positivity has left us excited at what can be achieved.

“There are many decisions to be made and we are entering discussions with an open mind but will communicate and engage to make this a fully collaborative process.

“We believe this will lead to exciting times for the club and will be working on options available to secure our long-term future. We aim to enhance the experience of our supporters as we strive for successful teams, at all levels, playing under the Workington AFC crest”.

Paul Armstrong

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