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4Th Stand Plan Revealed

The club received a massive boost this week with the exciting news that work will finally begin on Broadwood’s fourth and final stand, which will, crucially, bring Clyde’s home up to SPL standard.

The £1.6million North Lanarkshire Council funded project will increase capacity to over 10,000 and contractors The Walker Group are fully confident that the SPL’s March 31st deadline WILL be met.

Councillor Jim McCabe, North Lanarkshire Council leader, said this week: “The construction of a fourth stand at Broadwood is fundamental to the plans to deliver further community facilities in the Cumbernauld area and provide it with a first-class sports stadium. There’s a lot of work still to be done as we’re only at the start of the planning process, but the decision to invest additional funding in Broadwood is a great chance to establish Broadwood as a first-class community resource in the heart of North Lanarkshire.”

Preliminary work has already began at the stadium this week (as you can see from the picture above left) with the full construction schedule due to commence once planning permission has been granted this month.

Stadium Manager Peter Eadie was delighted to finally talk about the much-awaited development: “This development has been a long time in coming with an awful lot of work being carried out behind the scenes. However, the recent announcement by North Lanarkshire Council should be a tremendous boost to all concerned. The development of the stand will make Broadwood Stadium a fabulous venue for attracting more and bigger events to Cumbernauld and must be welcomed by the local community.

“The stand construction is crucial to plans for further development of much needed indoor facilities which are planned at a later stage, extending the process of continual improvement to ensure that Broadwood Stadium remains in the forefront of sporting, leisure and business provision”

As shown on the plans above, the stand is only part of a bigger overall project. An indoor athletics complex (also to be used a general purpose Sports Hall) will be adjoined to the stand at a later date, featuring a state-of-the-art 60m running track running underneath both the new complex and the stand.

A three quarter size indoor artificial football pitch will also be added in the future and the new additional car parking facilities will serve the whole Stadium suitably.

Clyde Director and Secretary John Taylor commented: “North Lanarkshire Council have demonstrated their commitment to the community, and the football club, with this announcement. It’s a massive boost to everyone connected with the club and gives management and players every incentive to go one better than last season. The prospect of Premier League football should also stimulate the community to get right behind their local club”

Alan Kernaghan was equally as pleased with the news and hopes he can help put the final piece in the jigsaw by May: “It’s a big step forward and I’m glad the council have agreed to take the project on. The stadium will now be a much more attractive venue and should be able to host more top events. From our point of view, everything is now in order and no questions will be asked if we earn the right to go into the SPL, which is vital because we didn’t want to end up in another Falkirk situation. It’s down to us to take the chance now.”