Chris Todd’s Eastleigh have today submitted plans to Eastleigh Borough Council regarding the improvement of the current facilities at the Silverlake Stadium. The press release on the club’s official website read as:
The detailed proposal will see the construction of a modern, stylish, double storey building behind the north stand of the ground. The football club has a number of temporary buildings on site which enable the club to run on a day-to-day basis. These buildings however, over the years, have become increasingly run down and are without a doubt in need of either replacement or repair. The newly proposed build will allow the club to incorporate all existing facilities in to one area adjacent to the existing clubhouse. A new club shop, offices, police control room, toilets, boardroom, ticket office and reception area are just some of the amenities located within the new structure.
In addition to the improved facilities above, the corporate hospitality experience at Eastleigh Football Club will be enhanced and benefit significantly. We will comfortably be able to accommodate over 300 guests on the top floor with unrivalled views over the north stand and on to the pitch through glass windows. On the ground floor, a large bar and catering area will mean more comfortable surroundings for our fans, as well as those we welcome to the Silverlake Stadium.
Chairman Stewart Donald commented on the official Eastleigh Football Club website saying:
‘We are extremely pleased to submit plans to build a high quality replacement building at the football club.
‘We feel that this will not only benefit the club itself, but in fact improve facilities for the whole community.
‘Rather than have a number of unsightly, rundown, temporary buildings that just get used on a match day; we feel a state of the art building, which is not only practical, but aesthetically pleasing, will add value to a broader range of people within our local community and improve the overall match day experience.’ You can see the plans below.
This is very exciting for the Vanarama National side who have today also signed utility player David Pipe.
The former Notts County, Newport County & Forest Green utility player joins the Spitfires on a 1-year deal and becomes the clubs first summer signing.
Having previously played for the Welsh national team at U21 level, making one appearance for them at full international level and most recently appearing at Wembley in the Vanarama National League Play-off Final, the club was thought to be delighted to have captured a player of David’s calibre & experience.
The Spitfires are hopeful of announcing a number of new signings in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile defender Jamie Turley parted ways at the Silverlake Stadium despite the club’s best efforts and an improved contract offer.
After receiving offers from the football league, central defender Turley is understood to have accepted and agreed terms with a league two club.
The 26 year old, who made 46 appearances for the Spitfires, has made his desire to play at a higher level apparent.