TIVIDALE are hoping to make progress with stadium improvements between now and the end of the season, according to Football General Manager, Leon Murray.

Murray confirmed that the club will be adding 190 seats to the New Birmingham Road side of The Beeches with a new standing area planned for the Birch Terrace part of the stadium ahead of the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

And Tivi’s Club Secretary has thanked the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for their part in the new seats being available to the club following the 2012 games.

He said “When it became apparent that temporary seating from the London Aquatics Centre would be available following the 2012 Games, we made immediate contact with them.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to the staff at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for their co-operation and these seats are a massive step in the right direction for us as we aim to improve our facilities.”

‘Dale are hopeful of starting work on the Birch Terrace side of the ground within the next fortnight, meaning spectators will then be able to view matches from all sides of the ground on matchdays when the work is completed.

Murray added “It will be fantastic if we can get this work done, that’s for certain.

“An awful lot of hard work has gone in to try and get these plans moving and I’m sure that will continue.

“We want to have the best facilities we can physically provide.”

Work has already begun on the playing surface in a bid to improve drainage following two recent postponements and Murray feels that the work is yet another step forward for the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One South outfit.

“Following our pitch inspection last weekend, myself, Ted (Head Groundsman), Steven (Head of Communications) and Ian Long held a conversation about how we could make improvements in the short term to the pitch, particularly in the centre circle.

“Great credit to Ian (Long) because his first priority is picking a football team but he was here on Monday with Ted to ensure those works got underway.

“We hope it improves the current situation and we can review it again in the summer when there’s a little more time to play with.”