The new community stadium project for Leamington Football Club could also prove to be a hub for commerce according to the area’s leading business membership organisation, report the Leamington Courier.

The proposed new development off Gallows Hill in Warwick could include an eight-lane running track, schools, a health centre, hotel, local store and car showroom alongside a 5,000-capacity stadium, and construction work could begin next year.

The scheme is the result of nine years of planning by the football club, which plays at National League North level, and Warwick District Council and includes a new spine road to ease congestion in and around the site.

Club chairman Jim Scott told the mid Warwickshire Branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce that the development could make the dream of Football League status a reality.

“Our club effectively folded in 1988 and lay dormant for 12 years, but since 2000 we have won seven promotions and suffered just one relegation, and I truly believe that we can one day achieve league status.

“Certainly, the conurbation of Leamington and Warwick is sufficient to support that ambition.

“People laughed when I first suggested that, but I think through planning, hard work and some inspiration – along with local co-operation – we have already shown just what can be achieved and this exciting development is a major step forward in that process.”

Read more: www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk

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