Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch County, today (Friday) visited Redditch United, along with Redditch council Conservative leader Juliet Brunner, to see behind-the-scenes preparations for the new season which starts tomorrow.
Club chairman Chris Swan has big plans for the future, seeking planning permission for expansion of stands and other facilities to enable enhanced hospitality, community and commercial functions, including classrooms for academy students.
Rachel said: “I saw the pitch, grounds and changing rooms, and it was good to see the club working in partnership with fire and police authorities as well as the council, with hubs in various parts of the town, so their community involvement is impressive.”
Project work is taking place for young people aged 12-16, and centres around playing football and other sports, and includes education, support and other services to young people at the heart of their communities.
“Expansion will provide more opportunities for local businesses to help in their local communities – something I know many businesses are interested in doing and which I welcome,” added Rachel.
Key companies who have supported this so far are GKN and Lear Corporation and the club hopes more will follow.
The club is targeting to be in the second Conference league within five years – and is now going from strength to strength with more players at all ages.
“I’m very much looking forward to visiting and supporting a match next season – wishing all the players and staff good luck for the year ahead,” said Rachel.