Margate have confirmed that a new full size 3G pitch is to be installed at Hartsdown Park this summer ahead of the 2017/18 Isthmian Premier League season.
Work will begin at Hartsdown Park on Thursday 1st June 2017 with S & C Slatter contracted to carry out the works that are expected to take between 8-10 weeks. The company are specialists in installing the new state of the art surface having already installed similar pitches at Maidstone United, Eastbourne Borough and Sutton United.
The decision was made by the new owners to install an all-weather pitch as part of their plans to improve facilities at Hartsdown Park. The new pitch will also allow the club to hire out the facility for up to 50 hours a week which will enable the club to grow financially with a sensible business module moving forward.
Margate Chairman Alistair Bayliss acknowledges just how big this news is for the club.
“This is a massive commitment from the new owners that have demonstrated in their first few weeks in charge that they are serious about moving this club forward as a project”.
“The installation of a new 3G surface will be the start of this club growing in stature both in football terms, financially and the local community. Without going into too much detail, this is just the first part of the plans. It is a hugely exciting time for the club and more importantly, the local area. I genuinely now hope people will realise how important this club will be to the community and get involved”.
“These types of pitches are becoming more familiar at this level and I think for clubs looking to grow this is the type of model that will become even more popular”.