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Ards FC planning their path back home

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Ards Football Club remains committed to securing a new home in Newtownards.

In recent months, we have been in consultation with Ards and North Down Borough Council with the aim of returning the Club to its hometown.

Club Chairman Warren Patton said: “We hope to sign a 125-year lease on a six-acre plot of council land near the Portaferry Road.

“On this land, we plan to build a modern facility fit for senior football. Our architects have drawn up exciting plans that I am looking forward to sharing with our fans in due course.

“We believe Ards Football Club’s return to Newtownards will provide the area with a welcome boost. We are a community club that incorporates a vibrant youth Academy and a disability football section.

“Our aim is to move back to Newtownards before our club’s 125th anniversary in 2025. We would like to thank the Council for their support regarding this important issue.”

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said: “The Council is supportive of Ards Football Club in their plans to develop a new stadium in Newtownards. The Club had asked the Council to consider the land at the Floodgates on the Portaferry Road so we undertook some early studies on the feasibility of the site for the Club’s requirements and they believe that it can meet their needs.

“The funding available for local stadium facilities through the Department for Communities (DfC) SRS Programme would allow Ards FC to take a major step forward in realising their dream of having modern, safe and attractive facilities for the club and their many fans. The Council supports the Club’s calls for the DfC to progress with the roll out of this critical funding for local clubs, which has the potential to make such a significant difference in local communities across Northern Ireland.

“I hope that the Club will soon be in a position to progress its plans. Council will continue to work with the Committee to help bring them to fruition.”

Ards Football Club is asking you to Join The Journey and support this important venture.


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