Guernsey Football Could Soon Have its own Home
The Guernsey Football Association and Guernsey Football Club are teaming up to build a new home of Guernsey football.
A planning application has been submitted to the Environment Department for the development of a new facility at Victoria Avenue.
It is estimated the project will cost £2 million and the new facility will have a stadium with a capacity of 4,000 as well as a 3G training pitch which will be available for the community to use.
The new ground will have covered standing areas at both goals, as well as seating for around 600 to 800 people.
The GFA have been without an official home since its formation in 1893 and as such over the last five years the GFA have actively pursued opportunities to find its own facility and headquarters.
Any new facility would be used for Guernsey FC’s home matches, as well as the GFA representative games.
The English FA will part-fund the development through grants and, should the planning application be successful, the intention of the GFA and GFC is to commence building work next year to get the site ready for play in the 2021/2022 season – in time for the 2021 Island Games which will be held in the island.
Chairman of the GFA, Chris Schofield, says the project is ‘a massive venture’ by the GFA’.
Chris Schofield, Guernsey Football Association Chairman:
‘[It] represents the culmination of hundreds of hours of meetings with the Football Association, States departments, architects, project managers, GFC, and numerous other parties required to facilitate such a project.
‘The GFA is a charitable association and senior GFA board members have worked tirelessly over the last four years to develop a project that is feasible in terms of an appropriate venue, with affordable avenues of finance that will not impact directly on the association membership and sustainable in the long term.
‘This is an exciting time in Guernsey football history and we hope that this project will go a long way to securing the long-term future of the island’s largest participant and spectator sport.’
Guernsey FC’s chairman, Mark Le Tissier, says an official home of Guernsey football would ensure the sustainability of the club in the long-term.
Mark Le Tissier, Guernsey FC Chairman:
‘GFC have made no secret of the fact that, in order for the club to be sustainable in the long term, the club would need our own home to generate the income required to participate in the FA National League Pyramid.
‘Over the last seven years we have used Footes Lane Stadium on match days, however, we have been restricted in our capacity or opportunity to drive additional income opportunities at this ground, owing to situations beyond our control.
‘We are delighted to be working alongside the GFA to present a bright future for football on the island, as well as creating a brand-new community hub.
‘It is our vision that this new facility will be much more than a stand where our fans watch football.
‘We hope to create a community hub and our ethos for the facility is very much in line with the goals of the GFA.’