A FOOTBALL club will be able to carry out a major upgrade of its faciltiies if it can cement a new 10-year lease deal with landowner Land & Lakes.
Holyhead Hotspur FC’s new lease arrangement is currently progressing with solicitors. It comes after Land & Lakes agreed that the current lease arrangement with Anglesey Council, for the six-acre Kingsland site, can be relinquished.
Under the current arrangements, the club’s facilities are only licensed to Holyhead Hotspur via a rolling annual agreement with Anglesey Council which, in turn, holds the primary lease agreement with landowner Land & Lakes.
However, without a lease agreement of at least 10 years, Holyhead Hotspur FC is unable to access funding from the Welsh Football Association, which would allow them to make essential improvements to their facilities.
A spokesperson for Land & Lakes said: “When we became aware of the opportunity to help Holyhead Hotspur improve their facilities there was no question that we wanted to make it happen.
“We are delighted to be in a position to help the club safeguard its future with a new long-term lease agreement.”
The new lease, which is set to be agreed at a nominal rent, will be transformative for the club.
Refurbishment plans include plans for a new 4G pitch, repairs and maintenance to the clubhouse, and a weatherproof standing area for spectators.
Barry Roberts, General manager of Holyhead Hotspur, said: “By unlocking access to new, previously unreachable funding streams, we will be able to improve our spectator and member experience, and cement our future.
“We are extremely grateful to Land & Lakes for supporting our ambitious plans to invest, improve, and maintain our club as a valuable and much-loved community asset.”
Established in 1990, Holyhead Hotspur FC has around 200 active players. Priding itself on its community-minded outlook, the club has a number of youth teams for players aged 6-16, including girls, boys, and mixed teams. The first team currently competes in Wales’s second tier, the Cymru North league.
An Anglesey County Council spokesperson said: “Holyhead Hotspur FC is a thriving club which provides significant social, economic, and health benefits for the local community. At the Football Club’s request, we have decided to surrender our interest to allow Holyhead Hotspur FC to enter into a long-term lease agreement with Land & Lakes.
“This will enable development works and help to ensure a sustainable future for the Club.”