Maidstone United reach £1m barrier in quest to raise finance for new stadium
Exclusive by Alex Hoad
Maidstone United have broken the £1m barrier in their bid to
raise cash for a new stadium in the County Town.
The club are seeking to raise £1.6m to develop a new ground
complete with state-of-the-art artificial playing surface on land
at Whatman Way which can be used by the the club's hundreds of
youth players as well as the first team.
Directors Oliver Ash and Terry Casey (pictured) are
ploughing significant sums of their own money into the scheme while
supporters are also raising tens of thousands of pounds with a view
to Bringing the Stones Home.
Further cash is set to come from the FA, who are expected
to put in a six-figure sum from a Football Foundation
grant, while local businessmen have also
begun pledging their financial support for the scheme - which
it is hoped would see the club return to a home in Maidstone for
the start of the 2012/13 season.
Mr Casey said: "It is a significant milestone for us and a
real glass ceiling to get through.
"The next aim is of course to get to £1.5m and we're very
positive that things are moving in the right direction. We are
gathering some real momentum."
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