Barrow AFC’s season is about to come to an end, but the hard work is only just beginning off the field, with chairman Paul Hornby excited about the improvements that will be made around Holker Street during the summer.

Already underway is the refurbishment of the Cross Bar - its first in four years - which began on Tuesday, just 24 hours after the Bluebirds’ final home game of the season, against Hartlepool.

The idea is for it to be more available for functions outside of matchdays, which would bring an extra revenue stream to the club during midweeks.

Several other projects around the ground are also in the pipeline, with plenty needing to be done by the time AFC host a pre-season friendly for the first time in July.

Hornby said: “I think the biggest one is that next year we hope to shut the ground when kick-off starts and keep the supporters in our own complex, rather than going off to the Soccer Bar.

“We’re looking at building our own outside structure that will house the supporters and just give a different type of experience for drinking in the ground at half-time.

“We’re looking at refurbishing the players’ tunnel, getting rid of the caging that’s there and getting a pull-out tunnel, doing some decoration work in the changing rooms.

“We’ve got a grant off the National Supporters Trust to improve the physio room, we’re getting Les, our kitman, his own laundry and just general things to look after supporters.

“We’re still in talks with health and safety about taking down the Western Terrace and that area could be flattened, it’s quite a big job and our 19/20 season starts now.

“We’ve got so much work to do in so little time - it doesn’t seem like too many jobs have been rhymed off, but the time soon goes.”

The commitment to get local businesses involved with the club has continued with Barrow-based 17Sport supplying the new Joma kits that the Bluebirds will be sporting next season.

The new playing shirts were launched at last Sunday’s awards night and Hornby is keen to form similar partnerships in other areas.

Hornby said: “Instead of going out to sponsors and holding your hand our for cash, which we don’t want to do - a dash for cash - I’ve said that before.

“We very much want to create partnerships with local companies and the local company that are doing the kit were fantastic.

“They’re already in the club because they’re doing the community kit and we’ve been very impressed with them.

“They’ve had some great ideas and it wasn’t about just flogging us a kit, it was about working with us, working with the design, and they’re talking about revamping our shop.”