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Horsham’s new stadium progressing well

Football
Martin Read – Sports Reporter

Plans at Horsham Football Club’s new Hop Oast Stadium are really coming to
fruition with the ground looking a picture in the sunshine. The clubhouse will
form the centre-piece of the long-awaited new purpose-built home for the
Club, with a dividable function suite with a bar, Sky TV showing the big
games, and a state-of-the-art kitchen and dressing rooms for home and away
teams and officials, together with a reception area, club office and shop for
club merchandise. Relocating to their own home will bring an end to
Horsham’s 10 year nomadic existence since leaving the old Queen Street
ground in the town, and, in addition to the dedicated clubhouse food and
refreshment outlet, the Club has invested in a new outside facility for hot and
cold snacks, about to be re-liveried in the Club’s colours before it is sited next
to the main stand.
Meanwhile, Horsham Football Club is seeking to recruit two Community
Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) qualified stewards for home matches to
guide attendees across the Worthing Road from the Park and Ride to the
footpath leading to the stadium and on the reverse journey after the match.
Anyone interested should e mail HFC’s Chief Executive, John Lines, for
details of what the duties entail – johnlines77@googlemail.com . There is also
a bus stop on the Worthing Road adjacent to the entrance of Horsham Golf &
Fitness Club’s drive
And, to build on the Club’s fantastic season just completed – which saw the
senior side promoted – and to celebrate the opening of the wonderful new
stadium, the Club is offering the opportunity for keen young footballers to join
one of the youth teams for the forthcoming season, saying: “There could
surely never be a better time to play for Horsham Football Club!” To register
interest for a chance of joining one of HFC’s youth or Under 23 sides
enthusiastic footballers should, for those hoping for a place in age groups
from U11 to U16, contact ivan.raby@btinternet.com . Or, for information
regarding the ongoing U23 trials under Horsham and Sheffield United
midfielder Mark Hawthorne, the Club’s new U23 Coach, prospective
applicants should either telephone Mark on 07973 868216 or email him on
m.hawthorne200@cloud.com . Mark Hawthorne was delighted at the response
for the first trial match, with more than fifty players expressing an interest in
joining the club for next season, saying: “I was pleased with the standard of
players that attended. I’ve already pushed some of them forward to pre-
season and will be holding another trial day soon, when we’ll be inviting some
of them back along with a number of players we’ve not been able to look at
yet, before concentrating on putting the squad together. We’ve already got a
couple of friendlies lined up so things are progressing well.”

For a visual tour of the Horsham’s new Hop Oast Stadium see

Hop Oast 360-degree View

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