Kettering FC are looking forward to a bright future after their new home at the Lowther Football Centre in the north of the town was officially opened.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who grew up in the town, was on hand to cut the ribbon as members of the club’s youth teams watched on.
The club, which is full FA Charter Standard, was formed initially in response to Kettering Town’s controversial move to Nene Park back in 2011.
They currently have eight teams playing under their umbrella but, more importantly, they now have a base, which boasts three grass pitches.
The facility came about as a result of a planning gain and requirement, in conjunction with the building of number of warehouses by Prologis Ltd.
And chairman Mark Bulley said: “I first enquired about the site two-and-a-half years ago so it has taken a while to come to fruition.
“But it’s fantastic, we are just delighted to have our own home and now we can continue to expand the number of teams we have.
“We already have a lot of youngsters playing for us and we hope to introduce more next season as well as a ladies team.
“Our aim is to have a senior side to perhaps compete in the Northants Combination in the future.
“To have Sean come along was fantastic.
“Obviously, a lot of the young players recognised him from seeing him on the television and he stayed to sign autographs and chat to the players.
“It was the perfect way to open the new facility.”