Football club completes first phase of clubhouse project
Hinckley’s Leicester Road Football Club (LRFC) has completed phase 1 of its new £200,000 clubhouse.
A kitchen and extended bar area, as well as an open plan reception and boardroom, feature in the build.
There is also a new toilet block including disabled facilities, and on non-match days the new bar will also be operated as a single entity that will be open every night.
Cash for the project have been raised through grants, but the club said it has largely relied on the goodwill of its directors, with the building project also managed internally.
The scheme also extends to building above the toilet block in the south west corner of the stadium to create new manager and coach offices – freeing up the old development office in the changing room block to become a dedicated sports injury clinic. The other end of the changing room block has already been converted into a gym.
LRFC director Ku Akeredolu says: “It’s a landmark occasion for the club, because for the first time in our five year history, LRFC will be able to operate out of Leicester Road Stadium without any reliance on third party facilities – and host visitors, sponsors and functions, plus provide indoor space for players, supporters, match officials and staff all under one roof.
“This will not only allow us to exist as a proper and totally independent football club, but also enable us to maximise our revenue streams and administer and build our business in line with our longer term aspirations. We’re absolutely delighted to now be able to welcome all visitors and sponsors alike on site in a modern, spacious and comfortable clubhouse facility that befits our otherwise impressive Leicester Road Stadium.”
Work has also recently begun on phase two of the project – the upstairs – that will be home to the new LRFC Academy when complete.
The upper floor will be able to host two lectures for up to 30 people simultaneously – with a large screen (72 inch) TV at each end and the latest in Wi-Fi and USB connectivity. It will have its own bar area too and can act as an overflow from the new main bar downstairs, and also double up as a dedicated large function or conference room.