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Workington secure ground funding

Borough Park
Reds hope to install the new floodlights at Borough Park within a month

Workington chairman Humphrey Dobie has revealed new floodlights could be erected at Borough Park within a month after funding was secured.

Reds were donated £40,000 by Allerdale Council to help replace the existing 1950s floodlights at the ground.

"We have around 70% of the funding," Dobie told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"We're very grateful that Allerdale Council have decided to join us as partners and we will find the rest of the money from our resources."

Reds have plans to overhaul their current home, given that support for a combined venue for both rugby league and football has failed to materialise.

And Dobie admitted plans are underway to improve Borough Park over the coming years.

"The next thing that could be on the stocks and may well be in operation is another sponsors' lounge and a toilet block, and it will all culminate in 2013 with plans for a new grandstand," he said.

"Our grandstand was taken down in the late 80s in the wake of the Bradford fire when all grandstands with a lot of wood in them had to come down and ours has never been replaced since.

"We've started a 2013 fund, and people have already started making pledges, doing all sorts of work with quizzes and forums.

"We've employed a consultant to help us tap into various grant sources, and the amount we will need is around £1.5m, or maybe more.

"And by then that will complete the refurbishment of Borough Park."



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