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Workington's Derwent Park gets facelift ahead of World Cup

The redevelopment of Workington Town’s Derwent Park stadium for next year’s Rugby League World Cup is under way.

The club this week secured £350,000 funding from Britain’s Energy Coast for the transformation, and hired Workington contractors Stobbarts to carry out the facelift.

Work to replace seating in the grandstand, update floodlights and install an electronic scoreboard is expected to be finished before Town’s Championship season kicks off in February.

The pitch will also undergo major improvements as Town aim to ensure everything is perfect for Scotland’s match against Tonga on October 29, next year.

Dave Bowden, Town chairman, said: “This work will not only improve the World Cup spectator experience but will have a legacy for years to come.

“We are also delighted that, following a comprehensive tendering process, the work on the ground will be carried out by a local construction company Stobbarts, who have already demonstrated tremendous enthusiasm for the project.”

Allerdale council pledged to underwrite £50,000 for improvements to the stadium.

Hosting the World Cup games is predicted to inject £1m into the West Cumbrian economy.

Scotland’s two games could open the doors for more high-profile international events.

Rugby league fans across the world will see Workington’s revamped stadium after World Cup organisers chose Allerdale to replace a bid by Copeland council.

Scotland, who could have Town stars Brett Carter and Brett Phillips in their ranks, also take on Italy on November 3. The matches were originally scheduled for a proposed new Pow Beck Stadium in Whitehaven, but guarantees could not be obtained that it would be built in time.

Brian Wilson, chairman of Britain’s Energy Coast, said: “I look forward to West Cumbria putting on a great show on the global sporting stage.

“I also welcome the fact that there will be ongoing benefit to Workington Town and that this will allow them to build a legacy for the wider community.”

Have your say

"fair play" obviously doesn't understand what underwriting means. ABC are not paying out £50k, they are simply underwriting it. This means that if the work is done within the £350k budget then it will not cost ABC a penny. ABC will only be liable for the first £50k of costs over and above the £350k budget. Less than £350k = no cost to ABC, but if costs were £375k then ABC will pay £25k. Its not a big risk and it is unlikely that it will cost ABC anywhere near the £50k they have agreed to underwrite.

Posted by Mark on 11 November 2012 at 15:40

no wonder the council tax is sky high when the allerdale mafia give £50000 towards a white elephant,where do they get a £million at going into the economy?
never mind,as long its not their money.

Posted by fair play on 9 November 2012 at 19:17

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