DELIGHTED Nantwich Town Football Club chairman Clive Jackson says the hard work starts now after the euphoria of last week's grant of almost £1m from the Football Foundation.
The club will soon be starting work on a £2m stadium in Kingsley Fields, and Mr Jackson is hopeful that it may be ready for play at some stage next season.
He said: 'I am hoping that enough of the work will have been finished by around December to allow us to play our home games there, even if the stadium as a whole is not complete.'
In the meantime, with promotion in mind, Mr Jackson is looking at possibilities of improving facilities at Jackson Avenue where the club has played for 100 years.
He said: 'We are in 10th spot in the North West Counties League and there is a possibility of promotion, even if we manage to finish only in seventh spot, because some teams have indicated that they do not want promotion to the UniBond League.
'I have told manager Nigel Gleghorn that money will be made available if he needs to strengthen the squad for a final push. So with that in mind we have got to have facilities which match up with UniBond specification.
'One thing needed at Jackson Avenue is a second entrance and we are looking at ways of trying to achieve that. The possibility of ground-sharing for part of the season is not out of the question, or the possibility of us playing initially at our new ground on an artificial pitch.'
But Mr Jackson added: 'Of course, the big thing is our new ground, and the fact that after six years of waiting and wondering, we now have the finances to go ahead. We are absolutely delighted that after all this time our vision is going to be fulfilled.
'With accommodation for 4,000 spectators, including seating for 350 and covered standing accommodation for another 700, it will be among the best non-league grounds in the country and will provide opportunities for literally thousands of football players.'
As well as providing the club with a superb new stadium, the surrounding area will be transformed into a community sports facility for young and old, male and female, able-bodied and handicapped sportsmen and women.
The site is adjacent to Malbank School's new sports facilities and Mr Jackson said he looked forward to close cooperation between the club and the school.
In addition, links will be formed with all the other schools in town offering pupils the opportunity to use the facilities for games lessons and after school coaching.