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Surrey Submits Planning Permission for new 3,000 Capacity Stadium in Guildford as part of 4 Member Consortium

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that the organisation has officially submitted planning permission to Guildford Borough Council as part of a consortium for the construction of a new 3,000 capacity multi-use stadium on land owned by the University of Surrey, with the facility operated as part of Surrey Sports Park.

The consortium consisting of International Surrey Football, University of Surrey (also representing Surrey Sports Park), non-league football side Guildford City Football Club and Premiership Rugby Union side Harlequin Football Club will jointly fund and use the facility as a premier football and rugby venue in Guildford. Additional funding will also be provided by Guildford Borough Council and the Football Foundation to cover the estimated £6 million to construct the stadium.

The stadium will feature a 1,500 capacity seated main stand (artist impression below) located on the southern side of the pitch, with 1,500 capacity standing room along the other 3 sides with potential temporary seating being installed to increase the venue’s capacity up to 6,000 for occasional larger events.

The stadium would be constructed and designed to have theoretical scope to expand permanently up to 10,000 capacity as an all-seater stadium. (artist impression is shown below)

The stadium will be designed by Bear Stadium, an Italian based civil engineering company and constructed by Rubner Holzbau, a major European construction firm with offices across Germany, France, and Italy. Bear Stadium estimates the stadium could be constructed in as little as 6 months upon completion of the contract and planning approval.

Rubner Holzbau and Bear Stadium have previously provided assistance in expanding the home ground of Canadian Premier League side, Pacific FC, in Langford, Vancouver Island. The expansion in 2019 saw over 4,000 new seats added to the venue, with potential to add a further 2,500 seats in the future.

The venue’s pitch will use a FIFA approved supplier FieldTurf, the Canadian based company supplier synthetic surfaces to hundreds of sports teams and other facilities across the world and are one of the world leaders in the field. The stadium’s main stand will also feature a mainly wooden construction produced by Rubner Holzbau using renewably sourced wood and meeting all necessary fire safety standards.

The primary tenant of the new stadium would be Guildford City FC. The team would be moving out of their current home at Guildford Spectrum, and move into their first purpose-built stadium since leaving their Joseph’s Road ground in 1974. The stadium’s day to day operations will be managed by the University of Surrey through their Surrey Sports Park operations whose land will be where the stadium will be constructed on. Surrey Sports Park will be available to hire by the general public at limited periods throughout the year.

Located beside the A3 (see map below), parking for the new stadium will utilise the underused Guildford Park and Ride, at which bus services from the town centre operate from. In the future the stadium will also be serviced from the new Park Barn Train Station located near Royal Surrey County Hospital, an estimated 20 minutes walk from the new Guildford Stadium.

The main stadium will also include office space, a 80 spm conference hall and additional spaces that could be adjusted to suit a number of purposes. The first floor of the stand which over looks the pitch will total 500 spm of hospitality space (pictured below), a 100 sqm snack bar (pictured below), 60 spm catering area and an 200 spm hospitality lounge and restaurant area (pictured below), which may be reconfigured for various purposes.

The stadium will also enjoy a massive 130 sqm of changing room space for both home and away teams, ideal with the project’s inclusion of Premiership Rugby Union side, Harlequin FC. The Premiership rugby side has an existing presence at Surrey Sports Park and the construction of the new Guildford Stadium allows the team to build on this presence with the scope that the team’s men and women’s sides will play regular pre-season friendlies at the new ground.

As well as usage of the facilities by Guildford City FC, Harlequin FC and Surrey Sports Park, International Surrey Football will also see usage of the new premier stadium relocating the Southern Frontier Cup to the new stadium from 2022 and targeting at least 2 home friendlies a year at the ground and hosting other events when possible in collaboration with the venues various other tenants, especially Guildford City FC.

With Surrey Sports Park’s previous history of hosting international tournaments such as the 2011 Women’s Rugby World Cup and 2018 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup it is hoped the stadium could see greater usage in hosting prestigious tournaments in Surrey.

Surrey to Launch New Charity Shirts in 2021

In 2020 International Surrey Football released its first fundraising charity shirt, a blackout shirt, in aid of the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), as part of our #NotBlueandGold campaign as the blackout shirts broke away from the team’s traditional yellow and blue shirt colours to support the work of the mental health charity and highlight that for many struggling with mental health problems that these may not clearly visible on the surface. The campaign proved a success with 50% of the money raised from shirt sales going to CALM to help support dozens of potentially life-saving call services they offer.

We are therefore pleased to announce that International Surrey Football will be reviving and expanding the #NotBlueandGold campaign in 2021, launching 3 new fundraising shirts over the course of 2021, with shirts available in 1 month pre-order periods in February, June and October, each raising money for a different cause, and all abandoning the team’s traditional yellow and blue colours in favour of a unique colour scheme applied to each based on their respective causes and forming the #NotBlueandGold campaign in 2021.

Each shirt will only be unveiled up to 1 month before they become available for pre-order and will be produced by International Surrey Football’s teamwear supplier Hope & Glory Sportswear. The designs of each shirt will be published ahead of their respective pre-order release.

Unlike in the 2020 blackout shirt, all 3 shirts in the 2021 #NotBlueandGold campaign will also allow supporters the option to choose between the team’s men’s and women’s badges when pre-ordering their shirts.

All 3 shirts will be available to pre-order at £34.99 for child sizes and £39.99 for adult sizes, of each shirt 50% of the money raised through sales will go to the respective causes that will be announced when each shirt is revealed.

Michelle Saunders Joins Surrey as Director of Men’s Football

We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Saunders as Surrey’s new Director of Men’s Football, replacing the outgoing Cameron Bishop, overseeing fixtures and future off field development of our county men’s team. The role will see Michelle lead our men’s teams plans going into 2020 with the hopes of seeing the team’s off the field operations grow and the team become a more prominent feature when not on the football pitch.

Michelle previously worked as a part of Portsmouth Football Club as well as continue to volunteer with Horndean Football Club and has done great work in expending the off the field potential of both teams and supported an expansion of commercial potential within both clubs.

Michelle will be working to help International Surrey Football’s men team to prepare for their 2020 fixtures and will help the team to continue to weather the disruption created by COVID-19 and we welcome her as part of our team going forward.

Vacancy: Director of Men’s Football

International Surrey Football is seeking a new Director of Men’s Football following the resignation of Cameron Bishop, citing work commitments, the role will see a successful candidate work to preparing the Surrey men’s team for off the field matters ahead of their 2021 fixtures, currently involving 2 friendlies and the rescheduled 2021 Southern Frontier Cup.

Due to current restrictions and the upcoming holiday period no face to face interviews will be arranged at this stage, instead initial questions will be managed via email as a first stage process and a video/face to face interview will be arranged for early 2021.

An interested candidate should aim to commit 1-4 hours week in most cases in order to handle their regular workload, this may increase or decrease depending on fixture plans. The Director of Men’s Football will be expected to work with the Men’s team manager and President of ISF to determine the anticipated workload and discuss how this will be worked by everyone. As with all roles within International Surrey Football, this is a voluntary position.

A successful candidate will be expected to be involved in the following activities;

  • Arrange venues for home fixtures,
  • Notify players of plans,
  • Arrange away game travel as necessary,
  • Arrange collection of money from players as necessary,
  • Contact ISF President and Men’s Manager on a semi-regular basis with updates,
  • Serve as the first point of contact on matchdays,
  • Ensure matchday requirements/tasks are completed on time,
  • Provide assistance to ISF President and Men’s Manager when neccessary,

Tasks are not anticipated to prevent a successful candidate’s other work or personal commitments and task deadlines will be decided with personal commitments in mind. Typically tasks will be arranged with weeks or months to arrange to best promote a healthy work/life balance.

Most work will be complete remotely, but some on-site work will be expected, attendance on matchday is expected unless approved otherwise prior to matchday, and limited additional on-site plans and meetings may be made based on the required tasks.

You will be provided;

  • Access to the ISF Men’s Twitter account, this will be used to interact with opposition teams and fans on social media,
  • Provided a -@intsurreyfootball.co.uk email to sent and receive ISF related emails;

An applicant will have;

  • Excellent IT and administration skills,
  • Great verbal and written communication,
  • Excellent organisation and a good eye for detail,
  • Works well under pressure,
  • Is able to problem-solve,
  • Must have integrity and discretion when handling personal information,
  • Deal with correspondence promptly,
  • Self-motivated to complete and seek new tasks,
  • Be based in or within a reasonable travel distance of Surrey,

Interested applicants are encouraged to send a CV and covering letter to us at info@intsurreyfootball.co.uk

Matthew Nash Appointed Surrey Men’s Manager

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Nash as the new manager of Surrey’s senior men’s team.

Matthew Nash who has previously managed a number of clubs in Surrey and Sussex, including Farleigh Rovers, Tooting & Mitcham Wanderers, Crawley Down, Netherne and many more during his time in coaching will be joining International Surrey Football for the departed Matt Dilger. Despite the decision to step down from the role voluntarily last month, it is expected that Matt Dilger may continue to provide occasional assistance for the team’s recently launched video service, Surrey Football TV, which is hoping to expand content over the course of the 2020/21 season.

Matt Nash will be preparing the team for a busy summer in 2021 with a number of fixtures already scheduled or being organised to take place in 2021 including 2 friendlies, our rearranged charity match against a Hampshire XI side as well as 1 additional friendly to be confirmed ahead of the postponed Southern Frontier Cup that is also currently being arranged for next year and expected to still take place at Whyteleafe FC.

As well as this, the team is planning to take part in the inaugural edition of the first WUFA World Series tournament organised by the World Unity Football Alliance, details regarding the tournament will be announced in due course but is currently scheduled to take place in 2021.