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14th June 2002 22:54

http://www.mansfieldtown.net, 14 June 2002

Mansfield Town chairman, Keith Haslam, was very pleased this morning after a majority vote gave consent for the go ahead with the clubs new centre of excellence.

The chairman attended a planning meeting with Ashfield District Council last night where the plan was given the go ahead.

The new centre of excellence will be built on Beck Lane at Skegby, along the M.A.R.R (Mansfield. Ashfield. Regeneration. Route).

The plan has finally come together after months and months of hard work and preparation by the chairman and his supporters.

The centre will be of great benefit to many people and not just the football team, as Mr Haslam explains:

"This is a truly tremendous facility and it is going to benefit many people.

Not only is this a facility for the club, it is a facility for the community. The development will contain 7 outdoor football pitches, an indoor 60mx40m astro-turf pitch, a residential area for students, a sports injury clinic and classrooms for the youngsters of many local schools."

The centre of excellence is an establishment from where the talent of youngsters can be developed and a place where they can be given the best opportunities by having the best facilities and coaching. The centre will be a place where football is developed from grassroots level up to the elite level of the professional game.

"The site will be available to teams from local leagues and to local schools as we aim to raise the standards and profile of sport and learning in this area."

The centre will also be used by the Mansfield Town squad, it will be a place for them to train using the best possible facilities. A number of the team members realise that the introduction of this new centre will be valuable in developing youngsters as they themselves have come through to the first team from the clubs centre of excellence or youth team, such as Craig Disley.

The development will hopefully be ready for this time next year provided that the course of the development runs smoothly.

Development will now begin as soon as possible as this, in the words of Mr Haslam, is "a very exciting time for both the club and the community"


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