Wymondham community pitches in to turn around football club’s fortunes
PUBLISHED: 11:59 30 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:59 30 June 2014
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A football club which was faced with closure has celebrated a remarkable turnaround after a spirited campaign by members of the community to keep it going.
However, Wymondham Town Football Club (WTFC) chairman Andy Gardiner has warned the club’s future is “still very precariously placed”, with £65,000 needed to bring its clubhouse fully up to standard.
Figures in February showed the club had lost £8,000 in two years, had £3,000 of debt and just £83 in the bank.
But to Mr Gardiner’s surprise there were also problems with the clubhouse overlooking the King’s Head Meadow, which was later shut following a meeting to assess its condition.
“When we took the club over, we thought there was a financial problem,” he said.
“What we didn’t realise was the state the clubhouse had been left to get into.”
That sparked Mr Gardiner to appeal for members of the community to donate their time and skills to getting the facilities back to good working order.
The response was overwhelming, with people turning up with tools and paintbrushes on community days to redecorate and clear out rubbish.
After just a few months, its function area has now officially been reopened so it can be booked for use by community groups, with town mayor Colin Foulger cutting the ribbon at a celebration event with 90 people on Friday.
However Mr Gardiner warned: “No-one should think it is saved. It is still very precariously placed.
“We have managed to get the function area completely open thanks to the help of Wymondham residents.
“Without them turning out on community days, we wouldn’t be in the position we are now.
“It has taken a lot of organisation.
“However, it is still going to cost £65,000 to bring that place fully up to spec.”
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