AMBITIOUS Sydenhams Wessex One outfit Christchurch have agreed a new five-year stadium sponsorship deal with MA Hart Asphalt & Macadam Ltd.
It will see their Hurn Bridge headquarters continue to be known as the MA Hart Stadium and will allow the club to complete their new changing room complex.
The finer financial detail of the deal will remain undisclosed but the injection of funds will enable the club to finish the changing room project in time for the start of pre-season.
Christchurch chairperson Fiona Clements said: “I spoke with Mark Hart who has always been very supportive of local football and made him aware of what needed doing to complete the changing rooms and he agreed that he would help.
“As part of the deal, we have agreed to continue the existing stadium sponsorship for five years.”
MA Hart is a generous supporter in the local community and last year sponsored new portable goals for Fernheath Community and continue to sponsor the Bournemouth Hayward Football League annual cup finals.
Clements added: “We have had a lot of help from individuals and companies such as Glossbrooks, New Milton Sand and Ballast, In-Excess, The Steve Bernard Foundation, the Bournemouth Hayward Football League and Christchurch Tyres in conjunction with Yokohama and, of course, MA Hart plus many more.
“We are extremely thankful for their help along the way. Finally, after eight years, the changing rooms will be ready for pre-season, which will allow the club to move forward and bring in a much-needed development team to help progress our young talent and support our first team.
The changing room project started eight years ago and has been built hand to mouth by mainly volunteers where possible and sponsors donating labour and building supplies along with fundraising.
“For Christchurch Football Club, this has been a labour of love in many ways as the decision to go ahead and build the changing rooms was taken shortly after the untimely loss of our player Marc Burrows to cancer in February 2009.
“A decision was made by the committee at the time to name part of the complex The Marc Burrows Suite in his memory.
“There will be a date released for the official opening day which is planned for July.”
Christchurch were pipped for promotion this season but manager Ollie Cherrett and his staff are determined to mount a challenge when the new campaign kicks off in August.