Vanarama National League club Boreham Wood have announced that a new 10-year agreement has been signed with Premier League giants Arsenal.
The agreement allows Boreham Wood FC to stage home games for Arsenal Youth Development and Arsenal Ladies at Meadow Park until the end of the 2026/27 season.
The agreement is tied in with a summer of facility and stadia improvements to Meadow Park, following a large investment from Boreham Wood FC, Arsenal FC and the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.
Since 2003, the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided over £1.1m into redeveloping Meadow Park, including the installation of a new all-weather playing surface, a 720-seater spectator stand, and a state-of-the-art changing pavilion.
These latest improvements will give players and supporters alike a better match day experience with a brand-new floodlight system, a brand-new Premier League quality DESSO pitch complete with a new drainage and irrigation system, as well as brand new home and away team stadium dugouts.
Boreham Wood Chairman Danny Hunter said: “We’ve worked very closely with our partners at Arsenal, their match-day staff and their coaches for many years now. In my opinion, our partnership has gone to a completely new level and each year gets stronger and stronger.
“This 10-year staging agreement will represent real progress for our football club, progress for our community and progress for our town. It’s progress with a vision both on and off the pitch and will also promote third party spend within the town and lead to further job creation locally.
“This long-term partnership and a grant from the Premier League, through the FSIF, have helped us to undertake an incredible range of Premier League type ground improvements and the new DESSO pitch, floodlights and dugouts really are large steps forward to where we want to take the club. Work is already well underway, with our contractors working tirelessly to ensure everything is ready for the pre-season visits of Luton Town, Arsenal and of course the new season.”
Arsenal Club Secretary David Miles added: “We’re delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Boreham Wood FC and are pleased to be able to contribute to these improvements. The facilities at Meadow Park have always been good, and with the major refurbishment of the facility now taking place, they will soon be even better.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “It’s fantastic to see Boreham Wood FC awarded another grant from the Premier League, through the FSIF, which has provided significant investment into Meadow Park for nearly 15 years to ensure the club continues to go from strength to strength.
“These types of stadia improvement projects are so crucial to the development of the grassroots game, as they enable clubs at the lower levels to match their ambitions of success and promotion with the necessary physical infrastructure. I’m excited to see the works completed and wish the club all the best ahead of the new season.”
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