09:00AM, Saturday 30 May 2020
Windsor’s director of football Kevin Stott hopes fans will be pleasantly surprised by the work that’s been taking place at Stag Meadow when they finally get a chance to return to the ground.
With lockdown restrictions having been relaxed suitably to allow some refurbishment work to take place, Windsor have taken the chance to improve the ground’s facilities and infrastructure, with the hope the ground will gain an A grading – suitable for National League level football – when it is next assessed.
The club is taking advantage of the prolonged break from football, brought on by the coronavirus, to create a better environment for players and supporters to play and watch football.
Stott hopes the work will compliment the character of the old ground and make the most of Stag Meadow’s unique position of being part of the Great Park.
“We’re taking this opportunity to all sorts of things at the club,” said Stott.
“I think a lot of people will be surprised when they come down. What I want to do is get to a point where we’ve got an A grading for the ground. That would mean that we could play at National League level.
“In simplistic terms we’re only 250 seats away from that but it’s not just about ticking all the boxes, it’s about doing it in a way that creates a nice environment for supporters.
“You go to a lot of clubs where those boxes have been ticked but there’s no soul. Whereas we’re in a unique position in the Great Park.
“It’s just incredibly beautiful so we’re trying to make the best of what is in a sense an old ground. We want to update the facilities while keeping the character of the ground and bring it into the 21st century.”
Much of the work that’s taken place in the past few weeks has been aesthetic improvements.
New fencing has been put up close to the entrance to the ground and by the Park End, while work has also taken place on the terracing close to the players’ changing rooms and clubhouse.
A new wall has also been built to improve safety for spectators, however, in time, further, and more noticeable changes will take place, with the addition of 250 new seats to get the required A grading.
“I want to be in a position that when our next ground grading comes up, we could get an A grade,” said Stott.
“Certainly we’d comfortably get a B grade based on the work that we’re doing. But in terms of qualitative stuff, making it a nicer place to be, I’d like to get most of that in place before the start of the new season.
“And this prolonged period gives us a chance to do that. When you normally only have six to eight weeks it’s difficult to cram it all in, but we’ve got additional time this summer and we’re making the most of it.
“For example, our pitch has a great reputation anyway, but we’ve improved that.
Our training area we’d like to bring up to the standard of the pitch, so that when teams do warm-ups they don’t have to go on the pitch at all.
“There’s lots going on.”
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