Swindon Storm American Football Club believe they have found their “Home, Sweet Home” after officially moving to Southbrook Recreaction Ground in Pinehurst.
The club has previously played and trained in a host of other venues across the town but now hope the move to Southbrook Rec has kissed goodbye to their nomadic days.
Swindon Storm’s new home was officially opened on Sunday with Swindon Mayor Kevin Parry cutting the ribbon at Southbrook Rec.
And Storm’s new permanent venue will now be home to all four of their sections – adults, juniors, youths and flag cadets. Plans are also place to add a female team to the club at some point in the near future.
Storm’s Adrian Mees played a pivotal role in making the move to Southbrook Rec happen and he believes it is a huge step forward for the club.
“We as a club have been going for about 12 years now and during that time we have been a bit nomadic, we have had to play and train at various different venues in the town,” said Mees.
“So I got out and started looking to find us somewhere that we could call a proper home ground. When I approached Central Swindon North Parish Council they were very keen to find a way to find us a ground.
“We looked at a couple of possibilities which didn’t quite work but then they came to us with Southbrook and Southbrook really ticks all the boxes for us.
“It’s fantastic, we have got a great set of changing rooms, ref’s changing room, kitchen, we have got a lot of space so that we can have our full size adult field marked out and two youth five a side pitches marked out.
“We would very much like to build on this start. We want to grow the club. Now we have a home base we hope to get the community locally to feel that we are their club.”
Training currently takes place at Southbrook Rec on Saturday’s between 10am-1pm for the 13-16 year-olds and on Sunday’s 11am-1pm for adults.
More information can be found at https://www.swindonstorm.org
Click on the video below to watch Steve Butt’s interview with Swindon Storm’s Adrian Mees.