Kidderminster Harriers Football Club has submitted proposals to Wyre Forest District Council for a ground-breaking new stadium development in the town.
The proposed new site would be situated at the current Centre of Sporting Excellence on Zortech Avenue in Kidderminster, which is already home to the club’s Football Academy and a training base to its first team.
Under the proposals, the new venue would encompass a new, purpose-built stadium for Kidderminster Harriers, as well as a large training complex which would house all youth, academy and senior teams. In addition the site would also feature educational facilities for all age groups.
The club’s proposed relocation would also make available the current stadium site at Aggborough for redevelopment which, in the current climate, be enormously beneficial to the wider Wyre Forest population in in respect of housing.
Chairman Colin Gordon said:
Now is the time for us to be thinking about the future. I fully understand and respect that there is a sentiment around Aggborough Stadium as a footballing venue – it’s played big part in my career both a long time ago and more recently too.
But the simple fact of the matter is that we cannot be at the heart of our community if we’re sat in the middle of a housing estate – the local population is growing dramatically and we just aren’t physically in the right position to offer what we believe a football club should offer its community.
On a Saturday afternoon we want the entire area to come and watch an attractive, winning product on the pitch, but from Monday to Friday we want people to come and learn with Kidderminster Harriers; to be educated and taught and to develop. We want to have artificial pitches that friends and colleagues can use to play football themselves and have the site as a place that acts as a real hub for the community.