Harpenden Town holding a day of celebration at official opening of new clubhouse
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Harpenden Town are prepared for a huge day of celebration – when they officially open their clubhouse after a £100,000 refurbishment.
It is the end of a two-year journey for the club, from planning and raising the funds required, to completing the work last month.
An U10s mini-tournament starts things off tomorrow (Saturday) morning followed by the official opening. This all precedes the day’s first team fixture against Broadfields United, which kicks off at 3pm.
Harpenden have already beaten Broadfields twice this season, 4-2 in the FA Vase and 6-1 in the league.
It will also be a blue riband day for Harpenden Colts U8s, who will train on the Rothamsted Park pitch for the first time, and for veteran players who have their own charity fixture in the evening.
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Club chairman Roman Motyczak said: “We hope to provide footballing action for everyone, to celebrate the huge effort that has gone into upgrading our facilities, and to push for Rothamsted to be the home of football in Harpenden.
“Two years ago when Kevin Hodge and I joined the committee we were told ‘you have £15 in the bank, good luck’.
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“Now thanks to the Football Foundation, who provided a grant of £74,000, we have a new £100,000 clubhouse providing a cafe and toilets for park users, and the first team have been re-admitted to compete in the FA Vase for the first time in 16 years.”
The ceremony is on National Non-League Day, when international commitments mean top teams have the day off and the spotlight falls on the grassroots teams.
The club will also use the day to hopefully raise thousands of pounds for Prostate Cancer UK and CRY, Cardiac Risk in the Young, among others.