Southport FC has put forward its vision for the medium term, which includes creating new high quality stadium facilities for the club and wider community. CEO Natalie Atkinson said:
The history books speak for themselves but today we start a new chapter at Haig Avenue, as we launched the vision for the coming years and I for one am delighted to be part of this exciting journey that we are on.
The overall and long term vision of Southport Football Club is to continue building a local football club that is both successful and sustainable on and of the football pitch.
We are aspiring to be back in the football league and achieve the status of being the focal football club of the town. From the achievement of this vision, we also aspire to build state of the art facilities whereby our teams, fans, supporters and community have an unforgettable experience and continue to support the football club. With this success we aim to attract more fans from the communities of Southport which will in turn boost the investment into the sustainability of the club.
Atkinson has identified a number of objectives:
• A new community foundation delivering a number of sustainable programmes for the target demographic in Southport, including adults and older people, children and young people in education, and targeted health activities.
• The implementation of the Southport College Academy for the 16-19 year old scholars. With the aim of delivering a high quality education NVQ football programme.
• Creating high quality stadium facilities not only for the Club but the wider community to access either on match days through corporate hospitality, businesses from Southport and beyond for networking opportunities and the delivery of many community initiatives – our aim to be come a community hub.
Molineux 50,000 capacity target
Wolves chairman Jeff Shi has revealed his dream for a 50,000 capacity stadium – and confirmed the club plans to stay at Molineux. He said:
Let’s try to get to 50,000 as soon as possible.
Everyone wants to have a big stadium. It’s a step by step process and only when we build a strong team and can compete comfortably in the Premier League is the time to expand the stadium.
Eventually, if we can achieve that, we’ll do it of course.
Laurie (Dalrymple, Wolves’ managing director) told me that the maximum capacity may be 50,000. I even asked him can we have a bigger one like Real Madrid’s! But it’s hard because the position of the stadium, the university is behind us.