Harpenden Town Football Club opens new café at Rothamsted Park
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While footballers are busy trying to win cups on the field, Harpenden Town supporters can enjoy a fresh cuppa near the pitch now that the club’s new café has opened.
With a nod to the beautiful game, the aptly named Kicks Café is open to all visitors to Rothamsted Park, following a major clubhouse facelift.
It is part of a £100,000 revamp of the formerly vandalised football club’s facilities, which have recently been transformed behind the skate park at the beauty spot.
Club chairman Roman Motyczak explained that the new-look clubhouse now also boasted ‘great’ changing rooms and new showers.
He added: “It has been a big struggle to get where we are with the clubhouse but the players love the facilities and at last the park has a café for families, those who work out in the park, and dog walkers to enjoy.
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“It is the start of a new era for Harpenden Town FC and I know the players have the ambition on the pitch to match the new surroundings. They know we are going places.”
Although Kicks Café has had a ‘quiet’ launch, apparently takings are already on the rise as families discover the place which looks out over the park, and has indoor and outdoor seating, along with a large garden for children to run around in.
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The café is staffed by Harpenden teenagers, aged 18, who have just left school and been trained as baristas.
Roman said the aim was to provide a “great venue for refreshments while also raising revenue to help the football club move forward”.
The bulk of the funding for the clubhouse revamp - a grant of £70,000 - has come from the FA, with the remainder provided by local supporters including the Harpenden Trust.
• Harpenden Town plays its first Saturday home game tomorrow (August 15) at 3pm against New Bradwell St Peter.
• Kicks Café is open from 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday and currently between 10am and 2pm on Sunday.