Glentoran FC reaffirm stadium vision following Stormont funding announcement

A general view of The Oval
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Glentoran Football Club has welcomed Wednesday's announcement that £36.2m will be made available to improve facilities in Northern Ireland.

Communities Minister Gordon Lyons confirmed the first tranche of funding through the newly-named Northern Ireland Football Fund, formerly known as the Sub-Regional Stadia Funding programme.

The cash injection will also benefit grassroots football and progress the development of a new National Training Centre.

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A significant share of the money is expected to be allocated to clubs in the top tiers of local football, including Glentoran's Oval stadium which is one of many grounds in need of major redevelopment.

The East Belfast side revealed plans back in 2021 which included the development of two all-seater stands and "reconfiguration of existing standing terracing at goal ends providing 2000 person capacity."

Officials say plans are at an "advanced stage" and have promised to deliver a "major community asset" that will benefit the area.

The Oval club said in a statement: "Glentoran Football Club welcomes the announcement from Minister Gordon Lyons on his plans to release funding under the Northern Ireland Football Fund programme. We are pleased the Minister has emphasised both need and social value.

"Our need has been established and we are confident our plans are in alignment with the Minister’s vision of a legacy project for East Belfast and for football in Northern Ireland.

"As a club we have been working closely with Department of Communities officials and will continue to do so. We assure the Glentoran Family that our club's plans are at an advanced stage and we look forward to developing a facility that will not only benefit Glentoran and football, but also provide a major community asset that will have a very positive social impact on groups and individuals within East Belfast."

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