Wharton praises study centre development

Last updated : 18 January 2003 By Luke Thornhill
Junior Education minister David Miliband visted the ground last week, and added his support to the scheme which will see local schools and colleges able to use football to make learning more interactive.

The centre will include state of the art computing equipment, and will also see more office space created for the club's commercial department - one area Wharton has admitted needs improving.

"One of the main things for us is to try and work closely with the local community because that's an area we think we have got to try and improve our public relations and this is one way of doing it," Wharton told the Scunthorpe Telegraph yesterday.

"As an added benefit we will be able to improve our office accommodation which gives us an opportunity to develop our commercial department, which I see as being the only real area where we can grow the club."

The development will only cost Scunthorpe United £50K, as the Department of Education and Football Foundation have contributed around £200K. North Lincolnshire Council, who Wharton has previously criticised for their lack of support towards the club, also added £50K.