Exciting plans are set to transform Worcester’s sport and leisure landscape as Worcester City Football Club, in partnership with Marsten Developments, unveils visionary proposals for the 'Worcestershire Community Sports Park' in Fernhill Heath. The scheme is a significant milestone in the development of a multifaceted, community sports and leisure facility in the heart of Worcestershire, whilst significantly securing a permanent home for Worcester City Football Club.
The proposed Worcestershire Community Sports Park represents a comprehensive vision of sports and leisure facilities, designed to enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike. Key features of this ambitious project include a state-of-the-art football pitch, a cricket pitch, a community building, housing options, retirement living facilities, and a range of other amenities.
Located at a strategically advantageous location at Hurst Lane, Fernhill Heath, Worcester, the site offers excellent connectivity for visitors and residents. Accessible via pedestrian, cycling, public transport, and vehicular routes, the site’s accessibility is further enhanced by the Salt Road line of the Worcester city bus network, ensuring easy access from the city centre and surrounding areas. Strong links to the M5 and A449, as well as proximity to national cycle network routes, further contribute to the site’s attainability.
Stennard Harrison, Managing Director of Marsten Developments said:
"Our master plan prioritises sustainability, incorporating green infrastructure and connection with pedestrian, cycle and public transport routes. It proposes a mix of sports pitches, green amenity, eco homes and extra care facilities. It also includes a cricket pitch, community building, and very importantly, a new permanent home for Worcester City Football Club.”
Simon Lancaster, owner of Worcester City Football Club said:
“Worcester City Football Club has a rich history dating back to 1902. We envisage an integrated future at the core of the Worcestershire Community Sports Park. This central hub is designed to accommodate the club’s 22 existing teams and foster growth at all levels. The project addresses the void left since the club’s departure from St George’s Lane in 2013, with the aspiration to meet National League North/South standards and secure a sustainable and prosperous future.
“This proposal underscores a strong commitment to Worcester’s heritage, fans and the broader community. It embodies the club’s forward thinking spirit."
Members of the public will be invited to attend a public consultation and exhibition in January 2024.