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HUFC sign Memorandum of Understanding with Council linked to Victoria Park.

18 June 2021

Club News

HUFC sign Memorandum of Understanding with Council linked to Victoria Park.

18 June 2021

Hartlepool United Football Club and Hartlepool Borough Council are

signing a Memorandum of Understanding to formally work together. The collaborative

agreement looks to ensure the Club's long-term sustainable future as a key

organisation in the town and to progress opportunities to create a new multi-purpose stadium site alongside regeneration of the town's Mill

House area.

Since taking ownership, Chairman Raj Singh has funded a rescue package

which secured the short-term future of the Club. Having already made some

significant changes he is now in the process of developing a vision and

business plan to take the club forward longer-term.

The Council has recognised the importance of the

Club to the local community and supports this ambition, with a goal to

ultimately create an entity which provides not only football but is a hub at

the heart of the town, providing a range of sport, education, health, business

and event activities.

With Victoria Park aging there is a need to progress redevelopment

options and at

the same time the upcoming replacement of Mill House Leisure Centre

with a new multi-million pound leisure centre on The Waterfront provides the

opportunity to explore collaborative options for redeveloping the Mill House

site alongside Victoria Park.

On Friday 18th June the Council and Club will sign the

Memorandum of Understanding in which they will undertake to work together

including the key priorities of:
  • Contributing

    to the development of a shared vision and strategic masterplan for

    Victoria Park and the Mill House area of Hartlepool.
  • Identifying

    options and establishing initial priorities for the redevelopment of the

    Victoria Park stadium and training facilities.
  • Working collaboratively to bring forward strategic development proposals which ensure the sustainability of the site and the Club.
  • Jointly seeking project finance including from external investment sources.

Councillor Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said:

“Hartlepool United Football Club is an important and much-loved part of

Hartlepool life.

“We are looking forward to working with the Club to help it become a

dynamic force for the future, providing a wide range of benefits and opportunities

across the whole of the community and secure in the longer term.”

Denise McGuckin, the Council's Manging Director, added: “We are also

looking forward to exploring with the Club options for redeveloping the Mill

House site, revitalising this key area in the centre of town.

“All of this will take careful long-term planning and we are only at the

start of these discussions, but there is exciting potential to bring major

benefits to both the Club and the town as a whole.”         

Raj Singh, Hartlepool United Football Club Chairman, said: “We are delighted to be signing this Memorandum of Understanding to work together with the Council – it represents a small but important milestone.

“Lee Rust has been working with the Club over the past year as an

adviser and he has played an important role in helping us to arrive at this


“Working together I hope that we will ultimately have the opportunity tocreate something special which can benefit the whole town.”

Lee Rust, Executive Advisor to Hartlepool

United Football Club, said: “The Club has for many years

talked about its aspiration to improve the stadium.”

“We're very excited about the potential for the Victoria Park and MillHouse sites and we're looking forward to working with the Council.

“We hope to not only be able to create a first-class facility for

football but also a multi-purpose site that is commercially viable and sits at

the heart of local community activity.”

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