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Harry Redknapp unveils Hamworthy United FC's extended clubhouse

Harry Redknapp unveils Hamworthy United FC’s extended clubhouse

Harry Redknapp unveils Hamworthy United FC’s extended clubhouse
Hamworthy United FC Chairman, Steve Harvey (left), alongside Harry Redknapp (right), at the unveiling of the club's improved facilities.

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was on hand to officially unveil Hamworthy United FC’s clubhouse extension recently (Tuesday 16 October 2018). This has been made possible by investment from the Premier League, which has been delivered by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF).

The investment has allowed Step 5 club Hamworthy United FC, who play in Sydenhams Wessex Premier League, to double the size of their existing clubhouse and add a large kitchen. This will enable the club to cater for functions and enhance match day facilities for both players and supporters at The Specsavers County Ground.

As part of the extension, a number of key facility improvements have been made to the clubhouse, including: the refurbishment of the ladies toilets, installation of new turnstiles, resurfacing and repair works to the car park and the addition of changing facilities for female officials.

Hamworthy United FC play on a third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) at The Specsavers County Ground. The club hold a sub-lease from Dorset County FA and in 2016 the Football Foundation awarded a £459,601 grant to Dorset County FA to install the all-weather surface, enabling local football teams of all ages to train and play football there.


Hamworthy United FC currently operates four teams in total. In addition to the first team, they have sides at Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 age categories, all of whom will benefit from the improvements made to the clubhouse facilities. In addition to Hamworthy United FC’s teams, the site will be used by Dorset County FA and Bournemouth University to deliver training and coaching courses.

The project was made possible by a £64,450 grant from the Premier League, which is delivered through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation.

Steve Harvey, Chairman of Hamworthy United FC, said: “Without the funding provided by the Football Stadia Improvement Fund the Premier League and Stan & Betty Wallis we wouldn’t have been able to provide this new facility. Hopefully, this will help us to achieve our aspirations of promotion to Step 4 football.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I’m delighted for everyone associated at Hamworthy United FC that this project has now been completed. The extended clubhouse will not only be enjoyed by players and officials at the club, but also spectators and visiting supporters from across the country. My thanks go to Harry Redknapp and Darrell Clarke for officially unveiling the project.

“Through the FSIF, investment from the Premier League is being used to improve the infrastructure at lower levels of the game. This is being achieved through projects just like Hamworthy United FC’s development, which are improving the experiences of players and spectators all over the country.”

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Hopefully, this will help us to achieve our aspirations of promotion to Step 4 football.” - Steve Harvey, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund

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