Darlington Football Club is one step closer to returning to the town after plans for the development of Blackwell Meadows were submitted to the Darlington Borough Council.
If successful, the plans, which were submitted on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, will allow the Quakers and Darlington Rugby Football Club to share the ground. This will be made possible by improvements to the car park, the expansion of the clubhouse and, once the rugby season has finished, work on the pitch and surrounding facilities to meet FA ground grading requirements.
Both Darlington Football Club and Darlington Rugby Football Club are hopeful that permission will be granted and that the work can be completed in time for the 2015/16 season.
Michael Stowe, of Darlington RFC, said: “We are seeing the first major steps in the realisation of our ambitions to create a premier sports hub for the community of Darlington and the Tees Valley.
“Both Darlington RFC and Darlington FC have great potential that can be realised by, not working in isolation, but through cooperation and the forging of talents to create a stable future for everyone; not just both club’s but the town as well.”
He added: “There is still some way to go but we continue to look forward to welcoming Darlington FC to Blackwell Meadows.”
CEO of Darlington Football Club Martin Jesper explained: “This represents a key milestone in the project and it allows a number of other work streams to be progressed whilst we await the outcome of the submission.”
“More immediately, it allows the club to formally launch its ‘Heading Home’ campaign – this is an awareness building initiative in which we are encouraging all fans, businesses, schools, colleges and community partners to ensure that everyone is fully aware of our plans.”
As part of the campaign, Darlington FC has produced a number of promotional items, including posters and flyers, which will be distributed around the town.
The Quakers currently play their home games at Heritage Park, as part of a ground share with Bishop Auckland FC. Their next tie is against Radcliffe Borough on Saturday, December 20th, 2014.
Source: Darlington RFC