New-look Cromer set to put Town back into football club
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Cromer Town could become one of the first community-owned football clubs in Norfolk - giving fans a greater say in how it is run.
The new-look committee, which took over the Anglian Combination Division One side this summer, has invited James Mathie, Head of England & Wales and Club Development at Supporters Direct, to discuss the benefits of the new model at a public meeting at Cabbell Park on Wednesday, August 9, at 7.30pm.
With some teams folding before the new season kicks off, it is hoped the proposal could help the club become more sustainable by building closer links with the local community which in turn could help attract grant funding.
Since its formation in 2000, Supporters Direct has helped establish over 200 supporters trusts in the UK, with more than 50 now owning and running their club, including senior sides Clyde, Wrexham and Wycombe Wanderers.
Cromer chairwoman Jenna Bedwell said: 'We are embarking on a new era at Cromer Town, firstly we want to build a team capable of returning to the Anglian Combination Premier Division.
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'We recognise that the football club is a valuable community asset, with a history going back over 133 years, we now want to build a bright future. We want to engage with the whole community so everyone feels proud of what is achieved on and off the pitch and wants to support the club.'
But she added: 'We have a challenging time ahead building a sustainable football club. We do not have the vast resources of a professional football club and heavily rely on support from the local residents and businesses.'
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Cromer Town Council has donated £99 to the club to pay for leaflets promoting the event, which are being distributed around town.
Everyone is invited to the meeting and those in attendance will also get the chance to watch the new team train. Training sessions are free and take place at Cabbell Park most Wednesdays, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Players new and old are invited to come along.
Anyone interested in helping the club on or off the pitch should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tonight (Wednesday, July 26) Cromer are due to play their first friendly away to Division Three side Buxton at their Mill Street ground - NR10 5JE. Kick-off is at 7pm.