Bognor's ground improvements are vital to club's long-term future

Jack Pearce says major improvements planned for Nyewood Lane are vital to the club’s long-term future.
Improvements are on the way at Nyewood Lane / Picture: Tommy McMillanImprovements are on the way at Nyewood Lane / Picture: Tommy McMillan
Improvements are on the way at Nyewood Lane / Picture: Tommy McMillan

The Rocks stalwart says a new grandstand, new cover for the clubhouse end of the ground plus upgraded floodlight and PA systems gives the club a good foundation from which to progress. The plans also include a new toilet block at the Sports Club entrance.

Without new facilities, Bognor would not be able to go up to National League South – and in time the current set-up may not even deemed good enough for them to stay in the Isthmian premier.

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The Rocks are funding some of the work from their own savings and will get grants from the Football Foundation and the Football Stadium Improvement Fund. The cost of the work has not been revealed.

The 367-seat grandstand, which will have no pillars blocking fans’ view, is the centrepiece of the proposals, which are thought likely to get planning permission.

Rocks chiefs hope work can be done by the start of next season, though that depends on how long the coronavirus pandemic lasts.

Boss Pearce said: “How we’ve tried to run the club in recent years is to keep some money aside for just this sort of project, rather than throw too much at the playing side and at players we couldn’t really afford.

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“If you want to continue to play at a high level you need facilities in place. You have to balance team improvements with ground improvements and we’ve never had a sugar daddy to help us.

“And I’ll be honest with people – we may need to moderate our expectations on the playing side for a period. We will continue to look for young players we can develop.”

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