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Paid and volunteer recruitment underway for town’s new state-of-the-art stadium
Posted: 8th January 2018
Local residents are being invited to join the launch team for Dorking’s new multi-million pound football stadium in Meadowbank, opening in late-February.
With the first game at the new town centre ground confirmed as a local derby with Leatherhead on 27th February, Dorking Wanderers is recruiting for both voluntary and paid positions.
Development Director Kris Lea says. “Meadowbank is a fantastic, state of the art facility for Dorking – it’s going to be a new destination not just on matchdays but throughout the week for the whole town, and we’re looking for the people who want to help ensure visitors here get the best possible experience.”
Dorking Wanderers will be running the new clubhouse at the stadium, which will also be used each week by more than a thousand young people from the area’s youth football clubs, as well as local workplaces, other adults looking to play sport and elderly people exercising.
Paid positions are available for chefs, kitchen staff and staff in the clubhouse lounge. Posts are full or part time with flexible hours in the daytime, evenings and weekends available to suit individual circumstances and experience.
The club also wants to hear from people who are willing to give just a small amount of spare time at the new ground, welcoming visitors and making sure match days run smoothly - stewarding, helping with car parks, taking tickets in turnstiles, or assisting generally around the ground. The amount of time and commitment required is down to personal preference, with the hours and frequency of volunteering tailored to suit anyone who wants to get involved.
“We aim to offer a match day experience that’s the equal of the new Meadowbank stadium – first-class, combining the best of modern and tradition, and in keeping with the friendly community atmosphere of Dorking itself,” says Kris Lea.
Despite rising to the third tier of non-League football and moving to the new stadium, Dorking Wanderers is still run primarily by volunteers, creating an atmosphere the club is keen to maintain at Meadowbank.
“The new stadium has been built by the town, and will be run for the benefit of the town. So, naturally, we want the whole town to get involved,” says Lea.
”People who volunteer with Dorking Wanderers quickly become part of a community with a family atmosphere. So joining the volunteer match day team at Meadowbank is perfect for anyone who has a couple of hours to spare every now and then - people who have retired, parents whose children have gone to university, or anyone who’s moved into the area and wants to meet people locally. It’s also perfect for teens who need to do some community volunteering for an award scheme.”
Anyone who volunteers for Dorking Wanderers will be given free entry to all first team games at Meadowbank, club clothing and complimentary food and drink to enjoy while watching a good standard of football in the new stadium surroundings.
Kris Lea points out that anyone working at the stadium from the start, whether paid or volunteers, will be a part of history making in the town.
He says, “The first stadium was the pride of the town when it opened in 1953, full of local characters, and we’re sure the new one will quickly be loved in the same way. It’s such a rarity to build a new football stadium in a town centre, there’s massive interest and Dorking really is making local history for its next generation.”
Applicants for the paid posts should send a cv to the club this week, and those willing to join the Meadowbank match day volunteer team is asked to email their contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, tickets are selling well for the very first game at the stadium, the Mole Valley derby between Dorking Wanderers and Leatherhead in the Bostik Premier League on Tuesday 27th February. Anyone hoping to attend the game must buy their tickets in advance via www.dorkingwanderers.com.