Linnets and community football scheme to go separate ways

Paddy DavittKing's Lynn Town chairman Buster Chapman confirmed yesterday the club had failed to reach agreement with King's Lynn's community football programme (KLCF) over future co-operation.Paddy Davitt

King's Lynn Town chairman Buster Chapman confirmed yesterday the club had failed to reach agreement with King's Lynn's community football programme (KLCF) over future co-operation.

The well established junior coaching scheme is now on the look out for new premises after previously operating from The Walks.

'We would like to assure everyone that the new club is still keen to have a community involvement and we will now look at setting up and supporting some other type of scheme,' said Chapman. 'We would like to wish the community scheme all the best for the future and still have hope that one day we will see one of their student's progress into the town's senior team.'

Council chief executive Ray Harding admitted the stadium owners had been unable to intervene to broker a deal.


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'It is very disappointing but the relationship between the football club and the football in the community scheme seems to have broken down,' he said. 'We have met with both parties and urged them to work together, something we will continue to do. We are obviously keen to see a strong football club in the town and a strong community football scheme. However we cannot force these parties to work together.'

Chapman admitted he was surprised the KLCF hierarchy had chosen to reject their proposals.

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'The last official meeting we had regarding the scheme was on February 4 with Jess Ibrom (head of KLCF), and Roger Partridge from the council,' he said. 'We discussed each party's ideas of how we could build a long and prosperous relationship and we all agreed on a fantastic support programme, which initially gave them use of the ground for matches, a new office facility, help with sponsorship, player support for presentations plus much more.

'From what I understand, at their committee meeting last week they did not believe our offer was enough as they also wanted to take control of the club's reserve team. Although we had originally wanted this to happen it was not possible by the fact the FA would not allow a community scheme to affiliate a reserve team. It would be possible to allow KLCF to run a youth team but unfortunately we have no plans for one this coming season, although we hadn't ruled one out for the following season.'

Read club official Mark Hearle's latest exclusive column only on edp24.co.uk/sport

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