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Date: 18/08/2017

Kidderminster Harriers Football Club is excited to confirm it has submitted proposals to Wyre Forest District Council for a ground-breaking new stadium development in the town.

The news was revealed in part at a sponsors and partners event on Thursday night and can now be confirmed in more detail.
The proposed new site would be situated at the current Centre of Sporting Excellence on Zortech Avenue in Kidderminster, which is already home to our Football Academy and a training base to our first team.
Under the proposals, the new venue would encompass a new, purpose-built stadium for Kidderminster Harriers, as well as a large training complex which would house all of our Youth, Academy and senior teams. In addition the site would also feature educational facilities for all age groups.
The club’s proposed relocation would also make available the current stadium site at Aggborough for redevelopment which, in the current climate, be enormously beneficial to the wider Wyre Forest population in in respect of housing.
Most vitally, however, is the club’s desire to more fully establish itself at the heart of the local community; to be a successful football team but also a living, breathing and thriving entity that can serve the needs of those around it. As a finished article the new facility will provide a boost to the area in respect of employment, educational opportunities and more.
Chairman Colin Gordon made the following comments:
“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 big part in my career both a long time ago and more recently too.
“But the simple fact of the matter is that we cannot be at the heart of our community if we’re sat in the middle of a housing estate – the local population is growing dramatically and we just aren’t physically in the right position to offer what we believe a football club should offer its community.
“On a Saturday afternoon we want the entire area to come and watch an attractive, winning product on the pitch, but from Monday to Friday we want people to come and learn with Kidderminster Harriers; to be educated and taught and to develop. We want to have artificial pitches that friends and colleagues can use to play football themselves and have the site as a place that acts as a real hub for the community.
“That particular part of Kidderminster is statistically deprived in many ways; lower life expectancy, higher instances of crime and even an increased rate of obesity among young people. These are all things that matter to us and while they aren’t things we can cure, they are things that as a football club we have a duty to try and help overcome.
“If we want to grow to become more than just a football team that relies on what the footballing product can generate then this is the only future for us – to be the sustainable, successful team and business that we want to be, this has to happen.”
The club would like to place on record its thanks to Wyre Forest District Council for its facilitation of dialogue to this point.
Plans have now been put in place and we will work with the Council as a point of procedure and look forward to seeing how the process develops. We will make further communication to Harriers fans as and when more developments are known.