THE NEW changing rooms at Stockton FC have been given the thumbs up.
Warwickshire County Councillor Andy Crump – who used to play for the club – was given a tour of the new changing room and garage facilities on Wednesday March 1.
And Andy was significantly impressed with the new facilities, which were funded from grants from Sports England and HS2, with the design and planning being undertaken by the Kier Group.
The club would also like to give special thanks to Luke Cole, Andy Stanley, Ian Benbow and Stockton Parish Council for all their support and efforts along with many others.
The new changing rooms, which were officially opened in December 2022, have had a huge impact on all the club’s teams, particularly the netball section of the club.
Now female members have a safe place to get changed and showered, their privacy and dignity guaranteed. In addition, to ensure they are fully inclusive, the changing rooms offer wheelchair access, disabled toilets and baby changing room.
The club supports a number of women’s and men’s teams in football, cricket, baseball and pétanque. The new facilities allow the club to provide multiple matches of the same sport, or of different sports, played at the same time.
A spokesperson for the club said: “We are pleased to report that not only have we had positive feedback on our facilities from our visiting teams, but a number have wanted to use our facilities as their home ground. A resounding vote of support for the club, the wider community, as well as our legacy to the next generation.
“Our next project, which again the Kier Group have offered their support, is to convert the area at the rear of the clubhouse into additional car parking spaces. Currently mainly grass, it was previously home to our old garages before the new extension. The increase in popularity of the clubhouse and the increase in the number of matches being simultaneously played, has meant that our current car park area is increasingly full to capacity.”