We are excited that at long last we may well have a new community stadium project that might actually come to fruition, but the reality is that it is still in the very early stages and we are going to be at Blundell Park for another 5 years at least.
Whilst the various relocation options have been pursued much needed maintenance and improvements at Blundell Park have been deferred but it has now got the point where, to conform with regulations and to have acceptable levels of customer facilities, these works now need to be undertaken as soon as possible. There is also a situation where the work undertaken by the club to attract more disabled people to games has been so successful that the disabled facilities in particular are wholly inadequate for the numbers now attending. We and the club have worked closely on this project with Level Playing Field – http://www.levelplayingfield.org.uk
Key work still to be undertaken to improve disabled facilities are:
- Additional disabled toilets in Main Stand and Pontoon- Spin off from this will also be additional and improved Ladies and Gents toilets which will also include baby changing facility.
- Industrial stair lift and disabled toilet in McMenemy’s. (note the stair lift will be suitable for all chairs apart from the very large electric chairs)
- Disabled toilet in Young’s Lower bar.
For much of the work there is the potential for grant funding for both the Club and the Trust on a matching basis and applications for these have been submitted. Despite this there is a significant cost to the football club and although the board are fully committed to supporting as many of these as possible there is always the continual counter pressure of maximising the playing budget. The try and help with the cost the Mariners Trust are launching a Crowdfunder campaign to help ensure the improvement to disabled facilities are undertaken as soon as possible.
As well as this Crowdfunder, donations can also be given in person at the football club and there will also be some special events and sale items between now and the end of May which will also contribute to this cause. Please support if you can, it will make such a difference to a very special group of supporters.
As an added incentive every £10 donated will qualify for one entry into a free prize draw which will have a variety of club prizes with the main prize being a 2019/20 season ticket.
The link to the Crowdfunder donation page is here : https://supportersdirect.sharein.com/invest/1812
You can also donate via the Trust website here: :http://www.marinerstrust.co.uk/product/mariners-trust-donation/