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Re: Stadium Fund

By John Bangs19/6/2022 14:30Sun Jun 19 14:30:51 2022In response to Re: Stadium Fund

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The Kingsmeadow Athletics Track has be touted as a solution for the Club. It a great location for sure but the site has significant limitations as a site as a venue for senior football.

Most significant is that Kingston Council’s administration have made clear that the Athletics Track is not an available option for Kingstonian. The local authority appear to see future development there as being for athletics. Indeed there have been several recent enhancements of athletics facilities: all of which would make use for senior football more difficult.

There are no bar or catering facilities on the Athletics site and it is not at all clear that there is adequate space to build these.

There are currently insufficient changing room facilities.

The football pitch in the centre of the running track is too short for senior football. It has been suggested by a couple of fans that the hammer and javelin circles be moved to enable the pitch to be expanded but does not seem at all a practical; particularly in the light of recent enhancement of the facilities.

We could not have 3 G pitch at the Athletics Track site as javelins, discus and shots would be thrown on to this during these field events. There would therefore be no added value through facilitating greater availability of football facilities.

There would not be scope for our under 18s or other youth teams teams to be accommodated there.

As has been explained, the fact that football is not the prime focus of the venue, means that the Club would be very unlikely to be able access grants such as those available from the Football Foundation.

All of this means that the Athletics track is not a realistic option: no matter how much some would like it to be.