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Mariners Announce Latest Stadium Upgrade Programme

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Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Marine AFC have announced plans for the latest upgrade to the Marine Travel Arena which will see the demolition of the existing old timber building which was originally built in 1929.

The scheme submitted to Sefton Council planners by Crosby architect Tony Diaz Associates includes a complete re-modelling of the College Road facilities behind the main stand to include in the new building units a match day snack bar, stewards control room, spectator first aid treatment room, club shop, match day office, kit store and a new spectator hospitality room.

The lay-out of the new facilities creates the space for an additional spectator entrance and passageway adjacent to the existing club entrance that allows the installation of a double turnstile block which will be positioned next to the existing players’ changing rooms.

These turnstiles will improve spectator safety for higher profile games that may require segregation, allowing additional access points to the Jubilee Road and Crosender Road sections of the stadium.

The hospitality suite will be a completely new facility open to spectators on match days on a pre-booked basis providing the usual football hospitality packages before, at half time and after games.

The club have reached agreement in principle with Bath Street Marine Table Tennis Club which will see them accommodated elsewhere on the ground, subject to them obtaining the necessary funding and planning permission, which will be submitted by them in a separate application.

Marine vice-chairman Dave McMillan told the club`s official Pitchero website: “This is a really exciting scheme for the club and will be a huge improvement to the existing facilities at the College Road end.

“The hospitality suite is something a number of clubs have nowadays and will give fans the chance to celebrate a special occasion in style as well as bringing in additional revenue to the club.

“We will retain the old photos and memorabilia from the existing tea room and incorporate these and others within the new buildings.

“Subject to obtaining planning and the necessary funding we intend to carry out the scheme during the 2018 close season.”

Marine chairman Paul Leary added: “We are hopeful the scheme will be eligible for Football Stadium Improvement Funding [FSIF] and I am in discussions with the FSIF staff providing full details of our plans. Early indications are that the scheme is allowable subject to meeting the normal application criteria.

However, we have to provide a required portion of funds towards the cost of the scheme and we are this week launching an appeal to our supporters, sponsors, suppliers, members and friends to help us with donations towards the cost. We have set an appeal target of £35,000 and have raised £13,000 so far but we have a lot to do in a relatively short space of time if the building work is to take place next summer.

“I appeal therefore to the many friends and supporters of Marine to help us with this important project that will transform the frontage to our stadium. As a football club we work really hard with our community partners and I appeal to as many people as possible to help us make this scheme happen”.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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