Club is on road to recovery

Cornard United have received a funding grant''Pictured: Josh COllins, Captain - David Dowding, Cllr Peter Beer and Craig Doherty ANL-141013-074215009
Cornard United have received a funding grant''Pictured: Josh COllins, Captain - David Dowding, Cllr Peter Beer and Craig Doherty ANL-141013-074215009

Cornard United Football Club is fighting fit with the help of essential funding from a district councillor.

A grant for £1,700 was presented at the club’s home ground in Blackhouse Lane on Saturday before the club’s 2-0 win against AFC Sudbury.

Cornard FC has been plagued by problems in the last year, coming close to folding on more than one occasion.

But now the club is fighting back with the support of volunteers, fundraising and local funding to bring the club back to full health.

Chairman Dave Collins said the club was looking forward to becoming an integral part of the local community once again.

“Since July, a new committee has been in place and the club is now stable and going from strength to strength,” he said.

“We have hosted a number of charity events free of charge and we are looking to continue this in the future.”

The club has been fundraising on match days in order to buy new tracksuits and kit for the under-18s and men’s senior side.

The addition of councillor Peter Beer’s grant – which comes from his locality budget – helped the club reach its fundraising target of £4,000.

Mr Beer, district councillor for Great Cornard South, has pledged to spend all of his locality budget in Great Cornard.

Speaking after the club’s win on Saturday, he said the only way was up.

“This money is helping the club and helping the lads to fulfil their dreams,” he said.

But he urged local people to support the club in order for it to survive.

“This money is only a small drop in the ocean of support that it needs,” he added.

Mr Collins thanked Mr Beer for his support, as well as parents, supporters and members of Great Cornard Parish Council.

“The club and its volunteers are currently working closely with the council to complete the refurbishment of the clubhouse,” he said.