NON-LEAGUE AFC FYLDE ANNOUNCES AMBITIOUS PLANS OF NEW HOME

Non-league AFC Fylde has unveiled ambitious plans for a new £15m state-of-the-art sports facility including a new stadium.

The plans include a sports and recreational village, with a new 1,400-seater football stadium, a full-sized indoor football pitch, as well as four junior outdoor football pitches, a community hall and crèche.

AFC Fylde president David Haythornthwaite said: “The community is really at the very heart of these plans so I'm keen to hear their views. I've got three children of my own and think it will be fantastic to have somewhere young people can go to get off the streets.

"There is really very little for children to do in this area and childhood obesity has become a major issue so there are many benefits.”

Dai Davies, chairman of AFC Fylde said: "If this plan gets the green light the club will obviously benefit from real top-drawer facilities.

"It will be fantastic for the whole community too. It would be great to have a whole range of activities to encourage the sports people of the future."

Last season AFC Fylde clinched promotion to the Unibond League North after winning the Vodkat Premier Division Championship on the last day of the season on goal difference.

A club record attendance of 1217 witnessed an impressive 5-0 win over New Mills, who were three points clear going into the final game.

The club are keen to build upon recent success and have ambitiously targeted reaching the Football League by 2022.

Posted on 12/02/2010