Eaton Socon FC
Eaton Socon FC v Biggleswade Town FC was no normal pre-season encounter. It was also the official unveiling of the ‘Mick George Stadium’ following a £34,500 cash injection from local construction business, Mick George Ltd which has seen the premises undergo significant maintenance.
A large proportion of the works were focused on the installation of perimeter fencing, thus allowing for extra security of the pitch and clubhouse. Subsequently it has eliminated trespassers, litter and debris, which in turn has allowed the club to treat and improve the playing surface. Additionally, extra land inside the boundary has been allocated for a training area, Home and Away Dug Outs have been built and the changing shower facilities have been refurbished.
John Banbury, Secretary of Eaton Socon FC said: ‘’The principal objective of the project was to improve the security and facilities of Eaton Socon Football Club, and everyone connected to the club would agree, that has been accomplished. Mick George Ltd provided the funding to achieve this, so in recognition of their generous support, we have reciprocated by naming the Stadium after the business. These improvements will help the club enormously with its development and future aspirations.’’
The club, having competed for over 100 years in local amateur football leagues, providing football opportunities in Adult, Youth, Colts and Ladies divisions will now be hoping to continue on their ‘development plan’ which has to date allowed them to compete at level 7 of the national league system.
Spectator seating is next on the agenda, but this is likely to be a phased installation with a smaller, covered area created prior to the desired seating construction.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’There is a strong community ethos at Eaton Socon FC that is clearly visible. Players and management are predominantly recruited from local residents, and we envisage that the funding will help increase the opportunities for more talent to emerge that wasn’t previously available due to the restricted facilities.’’
Stump Continued: ‘’Strong community relations have been a fundamental part of the success Mick George Ltd has endured over recent years. Without the support of local residents and businesses we simply wouldn’t have achieved to the level we aspire.’’