SLOUGH Town Football Club will submit a proposal to the council"s Overview and Scrutiny panel next month for a development on the Arbour Vale site on Stoke Road.

The news is not only fantastic for the club and supporters but the town itself as it will benefit hugely from what is being put forward.

Slough Town FC, along with Paradigm Housing Group, are proposing to develop the site with affordable family homes, sports fields, including a 3G artificial pitch, and a state of the art stadium.

Chairman Steve Easterbrook commented: 'Slough Town Football Club will once again become part of the community, a focal point in Slough. The residents of Slough can be proud of it.

'The support for the club will increase and the supporters won"t have to travel out of town to watch their team which is a really good thing.

'The new stadium will increase the interest and the support and should enable the first team to really kick on now and play at the highest level possible.

'The new ground and facilities should attract new players and give young footballers in Slough something to aspire to. The club can get involved more in youth football in Slough.

'It"s important to do that, we do not want to take over from all the other clubs in Slough that are doing a great job, we are looking to compliment the ones that are already available in Slough. We will be looking to add to them.

'We are looking to employ a football development officer to go into schools and local football clubs and work with them.

'We will be looking to establish some elite youth football teams as well, use the best players from Slough - who will still remain with their clubs - but give them the opportunity and facility to play the best teams around the country. Who knows who they can play against, Tottenham, Middlesbrough, whoever can come to Slough to play.

'We are looking to be a club with the infrastructure to move forward. It"s not all about the first team, it"s the set up underneath it as well, but if you want the first team to be successful you need an infrastructure below it.

'We want to give kids of all abilities the opportunity to play and footballers a path through to professional football.' The club are already developing local talent as they won the Allied Counties Central Division title at the first time of asking last season.

'Two lads from our under-18s have been offered scholarships in America to go there for three years which I think is absolutely marvellous,' said Mr Easterbrook, who is remaining cautious after previous disappointments in trying to find a new home for Slough within the town.

'Everyone is excited but we"ve learned to keep our feet firmly on the ground. Slough Town has had lots of set backs over the last five years but this time I hope that we will be able to move the club forward and get a good indication from overview and scrutiny about our proposals. The meeting is in early July.'