Coleraine confirm plans for 4G surface
Coleraine have confirmed plans for the installation of a 4G pitch at The Showgrounds - with work to kick off across June following the conclusion of the current Irish League campaign.
Colin McKendry, the Bannsiders chairman, highlighted the boost for club and community.
“It is massive for the football club but also the local community,” he said on the club’s official website. “This is a community club and we want to open it up to everyone and all different sports.
“We have our own Youths set-up here so we want this to be a community hub and we believe the investment will stand us in good stead moving forward.
“Everybody has been appointed and the project will begin in early June, so this isn’t a wish list any more, it is happening.
“We want everyone to buy into it and be a part of it.
“Of course, there is a twinge of sadness because this is all I’ve ever known at The Showgrounds, but the pitch has run its course and has never been replaced.
“I look forward to seeing The Showgrounds with a hive of activity six or seven nights a week.”
Clive Richardson Limited will carry out the work “to the highest FIFA Quality Pro standards”.
“I’m here a long time now and it’s been something we have tried to achieve for a huge amount of years,” said Coleraine boss Oran Kearney on the official club website. “We all know the benefits it will bring off the pitch, but as a team, we train on the 3G at the University and we have had plenty of good results on that surface.
“I think our current pitch plays well in September, October and November time as its slick and the ball moves well on it.
“But there have been other games we have found it tough as we can’t move the ball as fast.
“Training on this arena non-stop will hopefully give us an added advantage.”
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