JTC Jersey Wanderers have announced the signing of a new lease that secures the club’s future at JTC Park until 2045. The new lease gives the club long-term security of tenure and will allow new projects to be started to consider making improvements to the facilities at the ground.
Bob Lawrence, speaking on behalf of the Club Board said: “We have been negotiating to renew our existing lease for the past year and we are delighted that we can now look to plan for the future in the knowledge that we have stability in terms of our tenure at JTC Park. This has been our number one priority and with the new lease now taking us through to 2045, we can look to make other improvements at our ground. Our Club Board has agreed to kick off two new projects. The first will look at options for building new changing room, club house and car parking facilities as well as installing flood lights to allow us to play evening fixtures. As a separate project we will look at the viability of installing a 3G artificial grass surface for training.”
JTC Jersey Wanderers has played at JTC Park, formerly the Hockey Club, since 1997. During that time only minor changes and improvements have been made to the facilities but the signing of a new lease will now allow some longer term developments to be considered.
Lawrence said: “We are at the very beginning of what could be a significant project. We don’t have any firm plans or costings yet and the first stage will be for us to meet with the Jersey FA to understand how we can proceed. It is likely that we will make an application for funding to the FA Foundation and we will also have to finance a significant part of the costs. There is a long way to go before we have any firm proposals to work with but our initial thoughts are to completely rebuild our changing room and clubhouse facilities plus other improvements around the property. The Board will be establishing a Sub-Committee to oversee this project and we hope to involve many of our club members to assist us.”
“This is an exciting time for the Club. We’ve recently celebrated our 120th anniversary, things are going well on the field, we are an established FA Charter Standard Community Club and we have a strong structure through the whole of the club from Minis, through our Junior Teams into our Men and Women’s senior sides. Having long term security at our ground was our number one priority and having secured that, we are keen to improve our facilities and take the Club up to the next level.”