Former Workington Reds chairman Dave Bowden fielded questions at the club's AGM on the new stadium project, which came into public view last week with the launch of a dedicated website.

He gave an insight into how the Sports Village project will develop in the months ahead and fielded questions from shareholders.

It was stressed, however, that more information will be available once the project is underway and then further developed.

What has been revealed is that the first phase, which includes the main stadium, community pitch on the old Lonsdale Park site, and associated facilities will be completed by the end of 2025. Future phases will be announced as funding and demand allows.

Town Deal funding from the Government of £5.4 million has already been secured, along with £1 million from Allerdale Borough Council.

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Responsibility for the project will pass to the new Cumberland Council when it takes over services in the area from April 1.

The project is not just to provide a match day stadium for Reds and Town RL as the aim is to turn the Sports Village into a true community facility that is active seven days a week.

A project management company, CSV Management Ltd, will be made up of carefully chosen national experts who will bring together the skills needed to set up and manage the planning process, tendering, finances and ongoing business interests of the Sports Village.

Cumberland Sports Village Community Interest Company will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the stadium and its wider facilities.