A NEW stand, which will seat over 100 fans, has been approved for Greenisland Football Club – the team from which football stars like Jonny Evans kicked on from to make the Premier League.
The small portion of land where the new prefabricated stand will sit, is located adjacent to the existing clubhouse and will accommodate a seating area for 103 people.
Greenisland Football Club is where Northern Ireland heroes Jonny and Corry Evans and Craig Cathcart previously learned their trades before embarking on careers in English football, including spells by all three at Manchester United.
The redevelopment of the site was identified as a key objective by the Greenisland Regeneration Group a team made up of elected, community and statutory representatives.
Just last year Greenisland FC opened the brand new state-of-the-art 3G football pitch after receiving an investment of more than £800,000.
The facilities not only host Greenisland FC but act as a sports hub for the entire community.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, said: “This is fantastic news for Greenisland Football Club and the wider football fraternity.
“We have some of the best sporting facilities within Mid and East Antrim and this addition will only enhance the borough and the Greenisland area specifically.
“I look forward to seeing the work commence on the new stand.”
The new stand will be constructed upon a base approximately 1.2m above ground level which will ensure supporters achieve adequate views onto the pitch.