PLANS for a synthetic 3G astroturf pitch in the town and an agreement for a ‘stadia pitch’ where Droitwich Spa Football Club could play its home games will be discussed by Wychavon District Council’s executive board on Wednesday.
Currently the town’s club plays its home matches ten miles away in Stourport-on-Severn because the ground it previously used at the King George Playing Fields is not sufficient to support the level Droitwich Spa FC play at. The new pitch would include a small stand and turnstile.
The report going before the executive board recommends that once the 3G pitch at the playing fields and ‘stadia pitch’ on council-owned land is complete, a revamp or rebuild of the changing rooms and pavilion should be considered.
It cited a rebuild as the best option because the current number and size of changing rooms does not meet required standards.
The council would work with partners, including Droitwich Spa Community Football Club, to seek external funding to pay for the redevelopment.
It was in June 2016 when plans were first unveiled to give Droitwich its ‘first proper football ground’ and to make the town a centre of sporting excellence.
The council had contacted the Football Foundation for funding at the time but a ground survey found it would be impossible to build a standard 3G pitch on the site.
With no other suitable sites available in Droitwich, a ‘non-standard’ 3G pitch would have to be built at the playing fields but that would not be eligible for foundation funding.
The council would invest £1million for the 3G pitch – the likely cost of the surface – funded by contributions given by developers building properties in the area.
Richard Whittall, the Droitwich Spa King George V Sports Association CIC, said: “It’s brilliant news – it’s what we’ve been working towards.
“When the 3G pitch gets built we will have achieved everything we set out to do.
“For me it’s about the aspirations, development and progress of our five-year-olds and upwards who will want to play for the senior team in the town.
“For us this will take football in Droitwich to the next level.”
If passed on Wednesday it will be put to full council for final approval.
Droitwich Spa FC said it did not wish to comment until the decisions had been taken.