THE foundations for two new spectator areas at Henley Town Football Club have been laid.
The club hopes to add 40 new seats to the existing stand at its Triangle ground, off Mill Lane, bringing the total number of seats to 100.
It also plans to build a sheltered area behind the goal on the eastern side of the pitch which will accommodate 120 people standing.
Town are currently second in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East and will be promoted to the Hellenic Premier Division if they finish in this position or are champions.
However, the club will not be able to go up unless the seating is added in order to comply with the FA’s requirements.
The club has applied to Henley Town Council for a £10,000 to cover the cost of the work and will discuss it with councillors on March 8.
If the bid is successful, work could start almost immediately and would be finished within about five weeks. The FA is to inspect the ground on March 24.
Chairman Kim Chapman said: “I can’t see any reason why we shouldn’t get the money considering the amount of funding they’ve given to other clubs.
“We’ve put together a five-year plan as they requested and I’m feeling pretty positive about it.
“Everyone at the club has worked very hard to get where we are now. We want to be as professional as the rugby club and show the town we mean business.”
The club also hopes to install turnstiles and will seek funding for these from the Football Federation.