Football fans can find out more about Gloucester City AFC at Gloucester Quays this weekend.
Gloucester City AFC, along with sponsors Prospect Training and Education Through Sport, will be taking over a unit at the multimillion-pound shopping centre on Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend marks five years since City’s home ground Meadow Park, in Sudmeadow Road, was destroyed by flood water.
Club officials, as well as players and coaches from all of the club’s teams, will be on hand to answer questions and talk to visitors and there will also be a chance to look at the plans for a new stadium, to be based across the canal on the site of the old ground.
Prospect Training and Education Through Sport will be promoting their aims and objectives as a partner of the club.
Gloucester City chairman Nigel Hughes said he was delighted to have a presence at the Quays during the Food Festival, when around 80,000 visitors are expected.
He said: “To have such a strong presence back in the City during the coming weekend is particularly poignant for us, it was five years ago this Saturday that our Meadow Park ground was destroyed by flood water. Five years is a long time to be away, and while we have submitted plans to return home as soon as possible it will be a while yet before we will be back where we belong. It is vital the club retains a visual in the City despite having to play its senior matches outside and we hope our presence at the Quays this weekend jogs the memory of people who may have forgotten we are here.
“Our support is more important than ever while we remain away from Gloucester, the more new faces we see at games the better. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase what we do as a club. We are proud to represent the City of Gloucester, whether it is with our Youth Team, the Ladies, Gloucester Futsal Revolution or the First Team, we all wear the same colours and we are all one club.
“We welcome the support and cooperation from Gloucester Quays management staff in allowing us to display plans of the new stadium and to distribute leaflets about what the club is doing this coming season to improve matchday experiences. So being able to meet and talk to the passing public is an excellent opportunity for the club this Saturday and Sunday.”
Matt Phillips, Chairman of Gloucester City Supporters’ Trust, said: This is a great opportunity for all at Gloucester City AFC to showcase the club to the public and remind the people of Gloucester that there is a successful, community-friendly football club on their doorstep, with their support there is no reason why we can’t be competing on a national level.”
Gloucester City AFC will be in Unit 52 of the West Mall at Gloucester Quays (opposite Holland & Barratt) from 10am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22.