Club’s big pitch to build a new home

John Williams, development officer at Lytham Town FC, who are in despearte need of funds for new facilities

John Williams, development officer at Lytham Town FC, who are in despearte need of funds for new facilities

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A COMMUNITY football club which could fold without massive investment has launched an ambitious scheme to improve facilities for hundreds of youngsters.

The crumbling and dilapidated changing rooms at Lytham Town FC are in desperate need of a rebuild – and now the club has joined forces with the local Scouts group and charity Park View 4 U in a bid to make a brand new clubhouse a reality.

The three community groups hope to raise funds and apply for grants to enable them to build a new shared clubhouse for the football team and Scouts – complete with changing rooms – on land off Ballam Road, as well as completing the adjacent cycling and jogging track at Park View.

The football club’s development officer John Williams told The Gazette: “It is absolutely vital this clubhouse is built, the club could go under without it.

“We’ve got nothing apart from a pitch and two cabins on the car park, which are our changing rooms, and they are in the process of falling down.

“The whole thing is a total disaster.”

The club has around 300 players playing in its junior and senior teams, and hopes to be able to start up a ladies team if the new clubhouse becomes a reality.

As it stands Lytham’s Scouts, cubs and beavers are based next to Booths, on Haven Road, but are on the hunt for new premises which will allow them to build a new kitchen and washing facility as well as a large hall for the groups to use.

Lytham Town FC are providing the site for the new clubhouse, while Booths have agreed to provide some financial backing.

Anyone who can help the football club and scouts with the project should contact Mr Williams on 07903 437721 or Mike Hill on (01253) 709755.