Comline celebrates with Redditch United FC as The Reds officially open their new home
Proud sponsor Comline Auto Parts (Comline) was part of an excited crowd on a sun-drenched Spring afternoon, as The TRICO Stadium, home of Redditch United Football Club, was officially opened.
Guests of honour – Tracey Crouch MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and Karen Lumley, MP for Redditch – joined Club Chairman, Chris Swan, and representatives from both Comline and TRICO on a day where the Evo-Stik League Southern side officially unveiled its new state-of-the-art floodlit 3G pitch, revamped changing rooms and main stand – now officially ‘The Comline Stand’.
Comline, the award-winning distributor of European, Japanese and Korean components, is a major partner of Redditch United Football Club and has pledged its support to the Club’s ambitious project of climbing the football ladder.
As part of this agreement with the Club, Comline has become the named sponsor of the main stand and houses not only the player changing rooms but Directors Box, conference and banqueting facilities, too.
During the official opening, various youth teams showed off their skills on the immaculate new surface, eager to impress onlookers – which included Redditch United Manager and former Gillingham, Rotherham and Walsall forward, Darren Byfield.
Redditch United hopes the £900,000 facility will inspire the creation of another 17 local teams and for its 3G to become a grassroots hub for youth teams based in and around the native area.
While promotion has escaped The Reds this term, the Club is full of optimism for the 2017-2018 season and hopes to mount a realistic promotion challenge. One thing is certain, the team will be well supported from the comfort of The Comline Stand by its army of loyal fans.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Leigh Davies, pointed to the significant investment being made in the Club and the parallels with Comline:
“Take one look at the quality of this new facility and the magnificent 3G surface and it’s clear to see this is a Club with huge ambition and a determination to succeed.
“From my first visit to The Valley, or The TRICO Stadium as it is now, the synergy between Redditch United and Comline was evident – it’s fantastic that two such forward-thinking, focused and driven organisations have come together to work in partnership.
“Everyone here at Comline is excited to be on this journey with Redditch United, and we’re right behind the Club in its push for promotion next season.”
Redditch United Chairman, Chris Swan, paid tribute to Comline for trusting the Club’s vision of climbing the football ladder and building a grassroots hub for the local community.
He said: “Redditch United is a Club that is ready to progress and move forward, thanks to our key sponsors, like Comline. It’s a company that supports our long-term project and vision – in terms of improving our league position and academy.
“Off the pitch, I hope our supporters will create a thunderous atmosphere from the comfort of the new Comline Stand, inspiring the players on it.”
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