The project is designed to benefit spectators, players and the wider Matlock community and will, says a club spokesman, provide the Gladiators with facilities which are ‘second to none in this part of the world’.
Work is now well under way on the construction of a 275-seater steel main stand with changing rooms for players and officials, toilets, showers, medical rooms, an office and boardroom to the rear and a separate multi-role community social centre.
Twigg’s, who have given financial support to the club for more years than most people can remember, have supplied the steel for the tiered stand, which has designated seating for supporters with disabilities, at a heavily-discounted rate.
Sited on the Dene Fields side of the ground, it replaces a now-demolished wooden structure and buildings found to contain asbestos.
In recognition of Twigg’s generosity and support over a long period, the stand is to be named ‘The Twigg’s Stand’.
The Bakewell Road plumbers and builders’ merchant, steel stockholders and fabricators is also making a financial contribution towards the cost of developing the new social centre and bar to meet the recreational, cultural and social needs of the wider community. The centre will be able to seat 150 people and cater for a range of social activities.
“We could not possibly have achieved this without the support of Twigg’s. They have been good friends to the football club for a great many years,” said management committee spokesman Jason Beaumont. “When the work is completed, we shall have fantastic facilities here and they will be second to none in this part of the world.”
Twigg’s director Richard Tarbatt said this week: “We are delighted to be able to play a role in the latest developments at Causeway Lane because we are very well aware of the tremendous contribution the club makes to life in the town”.
Though details still have to be finalised, the club plans an official opening later this year.
The photograph shows Twigg director Richard Tarbatt (left) and managing director David Allen inspecting progress on the new stand.