Stephen "Tommy" Cooper

Manging Director

Tommy has been involved in Sports all of his life and enjoyed a long playing career in Non-League Football. In business he has worked in Financial Services & E-Commerce most of his working life and was the original head of successful insurance comparison site "Comparethemarket.com". He founded his own on-line insurance business in 2007 whilst manager of Peterborough Northern Star in the United Counties League whom he led to the Division 1 title in 2009, before moving across to Peterborough Sports as Chairman in 2011. Over the next 2 years Tommy completely redeveloped the PSL ground from what was just an overgrown field into the sparkling new facility it became by the end of 2013. He was struck by the lack of companies that specialized in this field, with many clubs using in-house or local builders. All of the work determining what needed to be done in order to ease the club through the non-league ladder was carried out by Tommy himself and it is this experience that he brings to the table. He looked after the submission and re-submission of drawings to Peterborough City Council ands liaison with Sport England to ensure planning permission was granted. Alongside this he made almost 20 applications to various bodies for potential funding and raised a total of £250,000 for the project that was split into 3 Phases. New changing rooms were built from scratch in Phase 1 and erected alongside a concrete walkway and galvanised steel barrier around the perimeter of the pitch and a permanent 150 seat stand was built onto concrete steps along with new dug outs. In Phase 2 an external generator was purchased and connected to 6 new Floodlight pylons which tested at an average Lux reading of 189 - this phase was managed from delivery on-site of the lights to working order in 10 days and Tommy project managed the entire development. Phase 3 took the Ground to the cusp of Step 3 standard and the club & Tommy have no intention of stopping there. Having been through this process, he now has vital lessons and experience which he shares with our customers with almost 50 developments already completed and lined up from Cornwall to Wales to Kent to Ayrshire, from a full turn key solution with full project management to providing access at discounted rates to the services of carefully selected contractors, or indeed now offering our own exclusive range of products.

 

Contractors

Sports Ground Development work in partnership with a number of exclusive manufacturers and contractors for all aspects of its developments based both locally nationally and in Asia.

 

This includes electrical installations, ground work, concrete, steel works, heating, plumbing and technical solutions such as PA systems

 

If you are interested in joining our network as the business continues its rapid growth please contact us for a discussion on how that might be turned into reality

 

You will need to be able to demonstrate referenced expertise in your chosen area with past experience of a similar nature a "must have".

 

Sports Ground Development is a conduit between clubs and contractors & suppliers and charges clubs a management fee which is included in the quoted price.

 

Our USP is the experience we bring to the table in terms of having done this at our own ground, and knowing all about the planning and grant application minefields. We know who to go to for the best solutions based on a clubs individual needs.

 

You will be paid once the club has paid Sports Ground Development. We will oversee the development from a Project Management perspective, but you will be personally responsible for the quality of your work and ensuring that you adhere to various legislation (such as Health & Safety) and have the required insurance cover in place, including professional indemnity cover as you naturally be responsible for the for the quality of your work.

Essentials Covered Standing

The latest addition to our product range. You do not need to go to the expense of a base, as these stands come in 3 metre sections and are supported by sockets to the rear that drop 1 metre into the ground. The beams are a sturdy 120mm x 80mm and these are part manufactured in the factory and installed on site in a couple of days. The cost of this is £440 + VAT per metre anywhere up to 250 miles from Peterborough where a minimum of 15 metres long

Sports Ground Development Limited

11 Dale Close

Peterborough. PE2 5HB

 

Company Number 0878354

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