FARNBOROUGH Town have been given the green light to upgrade the AIMITA Stadium to meet Football League requirements.

Following a meeting last Friday Safety Authorities and officials from the Nationwide Conference have agreed to the proposals put forward by the club.

The works will see the capacity increased from 4,163 to just over 6,000 and will involve new terracing and seating, improved sight lines as well as other enhancements.

Architects are now drawing up detailed plans and it is hoped that — in line with the time table of works — a planning application will be submitted before the end of the month.

Meanwhile a number of working parties to assist with ground maintenance ahead of the new season will take place at weekends and weekday evenings, starting tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 10am.

These will be overseen by Geoff Wood as Bob Perry has had to take a step back due to work and family commitments.

The club would like to pass on their sincere thanks to Bob for all his efforts in this area in the past.

Director Matthew Mills and Secretary Vince Williams are working closely to co-ordinate both projects and are pleased with the progress being made on both fronts.

And boss Graham Westley is to re-vamp to club's reserve team in order to help a number of talented youngsters force their way into the first team reckoning.

Westley's second string finished runners-up in the Capital League last season, but this year he has decided to promote the youth team from the Allied Counties League to help speed up their development process.

The team this year, in the new regionalised Capital League, will consist of the core of the youth team, first team players recovering from injury and any trialists that Westley brings on board.

The team will also have a new management team on board this year.

Graham Benstead, who ran the reserves last year, will focus his attentions purely on his goalkeeping coach duties, while the new second string will be taken over by last year's youth team coaching trio of Dave Barham, Chris Vale and Tony Milstead.

Boro have been placed in the South West Division, away from last season's title rivals Grays, and along with new entrants Aldershot Town and Woking. Completing the division is Croydon, Harrow Borough, Havant & Waterlooville, Slough Town and Yeading.

Teams will play each other at home and away with the winner of the division expected to play the winner of the other North East Division in a Merit Cup final.

And Farnborough and Aldershot may have an early meeting in store, courtesy of the Capital League Cup.

Boro have been drawn at home to Bishop's Stortford in round one and the Shots away to Grays with the winners due to meet in round two.