I cannot wait to see K Sports return home, says chief executive Alan Dennington
K SPORTS’ chief executive Alan Dennington says he cannot wait for the club’s homecoming match on Friday night.
The brand-new 3G pitch facility at Station Road, Aylesford, opens its doors for the first time when K Sports – the artist historically known as Aylesford Paper Mills – play FC Elmstead in the Southern Counties East Football League First Division.
K Sports have played only two games at home on a grass pitch at the venue before playing 12 games away from home so facilities can be improved.
An artificial pitch has been installed, the playing surface moved, while floodlights, a four-tiered seater-stand have ensured the club meet ground grading criteria to remain at Step Six.
“Friday marks a huge achievement in the re-development of Cobdown, watching the pitch and the surrounding facilities take shape has been really rewarding,” said Mr Dennington.
“We’ve been patient in the build up to opening our 3G pitch but it has certainly been worth the wait.”
“I cannot wait to see K Sports FC return home; the surface is one any footballer would relish playing on and Friday night’s inaugural game should be an entertaining way to kick-off its use.”
Mr Dennington added: “Besides our home team, we look forward to seeing K Sports Soccer’s academy players and sessions take place on the state-of-the-art surface. Darren Hare and Andy Hessenthaler offer us some first-class coaching, matched now with our pitches, the offer to create opportunities is beginning to materialise into the most impressive in Kent.”
K Sports Cobdown will welcome partners including the Kent County Football Association, who will be using the pitch to deliver a wide variety of their programmes and initiatives. From walking football, to elite performance centres for girls and disabled players.
Admission prices have been confirmed at £5 (adults), £1 (children), while kids wearing K Sports FC shorts will be given free entry if accompanied by a paying adult.
Kris Browning’s side go into their game in tenth-place in the table, having won five, drawn five and lost two in the league.
Fabio Rossi’s side are three places lower in the table, winning four, drawing four and losing four of their league outings.
Visit K Sports website: www.ksports-fc.co.uk
K Sports v FC Elmstead
Southern Counties East Football League First Division
Friday 4th November 2016
Kick Off 7:45pm
At Station Road, Aylesford, Kent ME20 6AU