Finn Harps are hoping to avail of the help and skills of tradespeople and volunteers as improvement works get underway at Finn Park ahead of the new season.
The club’s recently appointed Infrastructure Co-ordinator Trevor Gordon recently met with the FAI in Finn Park and areas of the ground have been identified for attention and upgrading.
“We have had a very positive initial meeting with the FAI at Finn Park and they will be doing a ‘gap analysis’ to identify areas where we do not meet current Premier Division standards,” Trevor told the FinnHarps.com website.
“Obviously we are well below the required standard in some areas, 1500 seats for example, but we intend to apply for a temporary derogation in respect of some key areas where it would not be cost effective to carry out upgrades in light of the new stadium project on the horizon.”
He said a a safety inspection and report by an independent firm of consulting engineers has also been carried out - something that has to be done every year regardless of the Division. This inspection also identified mostly minor items which need addressing.
Harps now hope to get some of these improvements carried out, with the help of local tradespeople and volunteers.
“The club have told me there are already a number of people with various skills who will be willing to give their time and expertise to help out,” Trevor added.
“We will identify and agree an “Infrastructure Development Plan” with the FAI and then we’re hoping people will be able to help out with various aspects, from simply painting and tidying up, to carpentry, electrical and plumbing works etc.”
Meanwhile the Ground Development Committee who are overseeing work on the new stadium in Stranorlar recently met with officials from the Deptartment of Sport along with the FAI.
Harps say they are hopeful that a funding announcement will be made early in the new year to allow work to begin again on the new development.