CONCORD have got the green light for a £40,000 project to improve their pitch ahead of next season’s third campaign in the Vanarama South.

Rangers will carry out drainage and renovation work on the playing surface at the Aspect Arena over the summer break.

The Football Foundation, the UK’s biggest sports charity, have pledged £20,000 with club doubling the budget through sponsorship and its commercial partners.

Concord chairman Antony Smith said: “It is another big stride forward for us in our progression as a club and we’re very grateful to the Football Foundation for their continued support.

“Anybody who has followed Concord on the pitch knows about the brilliant progress our manager Danny Cowley and his team have made with promotions and cup wins in recent years.

“Our job as a committee is to support them and this necessary work on our pitch is a big part of that.

“Our average crowd was over 300 this past season which is quite an accomplishment for us given our rapid rise out of the Essex Senior League.

“We try to give newcomers and our existing supporters a great day out on match days – and of course our team tries to play in the right way to produce entertaining and winning football.

“It might not be Wembley yet, but our renovated pitch will help our players and visiting teams to put on a great spectacle for fans at the Aspect Arena.”

The Football Foundation has previously helped fund a raft of other improvements at the ground off Thames Road over the past year.

The Beachboys have extended the changing rooms and the medical facilities, upgraded the floodlights, installed additional turnstiles, and put in place a new stand to secure National Ground Grading Category ‘B’ status.