Forfar Athletic’s latest large-scale investment represents the third successive season of significant financial outlay made by the club under chairman Alastair Donald.
The new hospitality suites, which are set to quadruple the club’s matchday capabilities, have been made possible by a £25,000 sum provided by local businesses invited to a meeting earlier in the season where Loons officials presented their plans for the new facility.
It had been projected that £12,000 would be raised from that meeting but every invitee gave their financial backing to the plans.
This new endeavour follows the £375,000 investment made on the installation of a 3G pitch two years ago, as part of a tripartite agreement with Angus Council and Forfar Farmington, and the £55,000 spent on the floodlights last year.
The growth in community use at Station Park has since exceeded all expectations and the club hopes to take that even further, with more than 100 children making use of the pitch every week and various groups already making enquiries about the pending hospitality suites.
The new unit is set to be ready well in time for the beginning of the season in late July, but the club is eager to recruit suitable people to serve as hospitality staff for its new matchday experience.
Volunteers are being sought, whether to work regularly on an ad hoc rota system, for bar work and other hospitality requirements.
This represents a fine opportunity for people, Forfar fans or otherwise, to get involved with the club’s hospitality which has built up an excellent reputation in Scottish football.
It is intended that the facility, which will comfortably accommodate up to fifty people, will be open to supporters prior to kick-off, at half time and again after the final whistle on home match days.
This could mean up to an eight-hour working day on a Saturday for any applicant with the possibility of further hours at midweek functions etc as time goes on.
In the first instance the club would be pleased to receive applications in writing from interested parties who would be keen to be involved in a paid capacity in this new venture.
Applications should be sent to The Club Secretary, c/o 6 Westfield Crescent, Forfar DD8 1EG or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.