Ground development needed for Locks Heath promotion
Locks Heath football club chairman Dougie Leaske said they planned for thousands of pounds of development work at the Recreation Ground to meet the standards of a higher league now they have won their division.
Locks Heath FC’s home ground at the recreation ground
Officials from the FA in London visited the Warsash Road ground last week to inspect the facilities ahead of making a decision on whether Locks Heath can move up to the Sydenhams Wessex League.
They won the Hampshire Premier League with an 8-1 thrashing of Liphook United at their home ground last night (April 23) but now the anxious wait goes on to see if they can move up a division.
If they are promoted they will have to provide a covered area for spectators among other improvements, and they plan to do that on one side of the pitch.
Dougie Leaske said he estimated the work they planned this summer would cost in the region of £30,000 for the covered spectator area, new dug-outs and other work.
“This is really all in the hands of the Football Association,” he said. “They came down and saw what we have got and they will now make their decision in a week or two.
“Normally the standards would be in place for the new league, but we can’t spend that money until we know we are going to go up so we are waiting and seeing what they say.
“We have got a development plan and we have been talking to the council about it – we just need to hear what the FA decide.”
Read more on how Locks Heath won the Hampshire Premier League.