15th Dec, 2019

Bromsgrove Sporting chairman heaps praise on volunteers for summer work

Craig Gibbons 13th Aug, 2017 Updated: 13th Aug, 2017

BROMSGROVE Sporting chairman Mike Burke has expressed his thanks to volunteers who have helped behind the scenes throughout the summer to prepare the club for the new season.

A lot of work has been done at the Victoria Ground to bring it up to scratch following a successful campaign which saw the club win the league as well as reach the semi-finals of the FA Vase.

Both changing rooms have been fully refurbished while the tunnel to the pitch has also been given a new lease of life.

The pitch walls and fire exits have been repainted while the Rouslers Cafe has been re-opened.

Meanwhile, the club shop has been renovated.

“The work the volunteers have put in throughout the summer has been fantastic,” said Mr Burke.

“There is always somebody at the ground every single day and I cannot stress enough how much their work is appreciated.

“After last season ended we set ourselves a wishlist and there are still a number of things we would like to get done.

“However, it’s all about evolution rather than revolution.

“We are thinking about looking for grants for major works we need to do.”

Mr Burke also said problems over the length of the grass at the Victoria Ground were a ‘one-off’.

We reported last week that manager Paul Smith had been concerned the pitch had not been cut to the required length.

However, Mr Burke told the Standard as the groundsman was in hospital the day before the club’s first competitive league fixture, there was nothing that could be done.

“Unfortunately it was just a blip where circumstances were out of our control,” he said.

“Perhaps we could have got somebody in to cover but we did not know it was going to be too long.

“For the pre-season friendlies we left it long because if it was cut too soon after seeding it would have died.

“It was not up to standard for our first competitive game but the grass has now been sorted and it will stay like that from now on.”

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