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Club plans new stadium to boost League return hopes

Club plans new stadium to boost League return hopes

Kidderminster Harriers Football Club is planning the construction of a new stadium, a move the club hopes will help them get back in the Football League.

The plan would involve upgrading the site of the club's training ground and academy on Zortech Avenue, with the new complex not only including a state-of-the-art arena for the players, but also educational and community sporting facilities aimed at helping the club play a key role in tackling local social problems such as obesity, crime and poor educational attainment. 
 
Harriers would then vacate Aggborough, their home since 1890. The ground is in the middle of a housing estate and the club hopes Wyre Forest planners will accept its application partly because the land could be re-used for residential purposes. 

Speaking about the plans, club chairman Colin Gordon said: "Now is the time for us to be thinking about the future. I fully understand and respect that there is a sentiment around Aggborough Stadium as a footballing venue - it’s played a big part in my career both a long time ago and more recently too."

He added that the club is not "physically at the right place" to help play a bigger community role in the way it hopes as long as it remains at Aggborough. 

The club also hopes the new venue will help it secure more revenue to help improve the team and ensure it can win promotion back from the National League to the Football League. 

Aggborough proved a big barrier to the club's ambitions in 1994, when the club won what was then the Vauxhall Conference but were denied proportion to the Football League because the venue was not up to the required standards. 

The team did finally win promotion to the League in 2000, but were relegated back to the Conference five years later. 

Earlier this year, then fellow National League club Forest Green Rovers unveiled plans for a new eco-friendly all-wooden stadium, which will be built in keeping with the club's environmentalist ethos that also includes an all-vegan catering menu. 

Forest Green were promoted in May and have begun life as a Football League club at the New Lawn in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, but its days as a League venue are now numbered.

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