Nottingham Forest will be returning to the Forest Recreation Ground in 2015.The Reds played their first-ever game on the Forest Recreation Ground in 1865 – hence the origins of the club's name – and work started yesterday on a new astroturf facility that will be run by Forest in the Community, who see the development as a vital opportunity to have a hub in the heart of the city.
The £1.8million project has been made possible thanks to a £900,000 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, as well as funding from Nottingham City Council, and is due to open in the spring of next year.
Graham Moran, FITC’s chief executive, said: “One of our aims and objectives of the community scheme is to get out more into the local area and have a base somewhere in the heart of Nottingham.
“This location is perfect and has lots of links to the club.”
Academy players Oliver Burke and Tyler Walker were at the ceremony to mark the start of the work and the latter says it is vital to have facilities for local youngsters.
He said: “To have all-weather pitches that you can play on all year round is massive for development.
“I used to play on here when I was younger too – it brings back a lot of memories.”