by Peter Scherer
After a delay of a year due to the Covid Lockdown, work will be starting on Mickleover FC’s artificial pitch in early April.
Pugh-Lewis of Chesterfield will be undertaking the installation, which along with other planned ground improvements should be complete by Mid July.
“The whole project is costing us £750,000, but we have already started taking bookings to use it as £120 per hour peak and £80 per hour off-peak,” said Chairman Don Amott. But we have to have a fund to not only pay for it, but to fund its upkeep too.,” he added.
The pitch is also being sited nearer the main road, which means the grandstand is being moved too.
“We need to thank Mike Robinson of Robinson Steel, they are taking the stand down, re-galvanising and reassembling free of charge for us, with 250 new seats in red,” Don added.
There will also be new LED floodlights and further phases are also planned for the future to include new changing rooms and a new clubhouse.
Having finished the abandoned season top of the Northern Premier League, next seasons aspirations are looking good both on and off the pitch.
Don also highlighted the fact that the club have sincere gratitude to the owner of the land the ground is sited on, Lady Chichester, a member of the Chandos-Pole family of Radbourne Hall.
During the next few months, we will endeavour to keep you informed on the progress, with pictures from the site.