On 3rd August 2019 the first ball was officially kicked at Alliance Park. It followed years of hard work from the club to find a home, develop it and meet all of the Scottish FA club licensing requirements.
Head coach Ricky Waddell reflected on the journey. "It has been a long journey. We were fond of our base at Annan, clocking up thousands of miles on the minibus and enjoying our days out. However, we knew to progress as a club we needed our own base. We need a professional setup, a home ground."
"Since we moved in the ground has continued to improve. The changing rooms look the part, the hospitality area is coming together and it is starting to feel a lot more like home. However, we are an ambitious club and still have a long way to go to make it the finished article."
"With the new season hopefully not too far away we have created a list of improvements we would like to make and have begun work. We would like to create a kit room, install new sponsorship boards, add a food & drink stand, improve the signage and do a number of other small improvements. Many local supporters have come forward to offer their time and DIY skills, which is a brilliant gesture. With their help, we are excited at what we can achieve by the time players, and hopefully supporters, are back in the ground."
Wullie Robertson is one of the fans generously giving up his time. He commented: "It's amazing to be part of the day to day running of the club. There’s a great family atmosphere on a matchday at the ground and I’ve made a lot of new friends. Being able to lend a hand to improve the experience for other supporters and visitors is time well spent.”
You can watch Ricky and Wullie's interviews in full on Braves TV below. If any other supporters would like to get involved, we would love to hear from you. Log onto the Alliance Park section of Braves Chat or click here to contact the club directly.