Grant funding kick starts a new era for football club

December 5, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ December 2017 Cotswold News

A football club is looking to a bright future in a new home after landing a £50,000 cash injection from West Oxfordshire District Council.

Charlbury Town Football and Sports Club was left without a clubhouse after it was demolished to make way for the new Community Centre in the town.

That sparked a drive to raise £180,000 for new facilities – a target which has almost been met thanks to the fundraising campaign helped by the Community Facilities Grant from the Council.

Club Secretary Amanda Cooper said: “Our old clubhouse was really just a converted classroom from Spendlove Secondary School. We had been there 20 years and it wasn’t fit for purpose.

“The new centre will not only provide a home for the football club but also a whole range of other sports and activities – we are already receiving inquiries for bookings next year.”

Planning permission was granted for the new clubhouse in July and building work is due to start in January with the target being to open it in time for next season starting.

As well as football, the aim is to offer facilities for Aunt Sally, darts and pool teams while providing a centre of activity for young and old who just want to be involved in sport.

Committee member and Charlbury Town Councillor Phil Morgan added: “The clubhouse will be a safe place to go for young people and families. We used to have 200 members and soon we will be able to expand on that – anyone can join.”

The clubhouse will be added onto the existing pavilion facing the football pitches. Features will include high quality catering facilities and a large social area which will be able to host events.

Cllr Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Health, said: “This is going to be an excellent community facility and fully deserving of the grant funding.

“Charlbury residents will be able to enjoy a wide range of sports which they not have tried before and the clubhouse will directly influence the health and wellbeing of the town as a whole.”