Cornard United’s future has been secured, with the signing of a 25-year lease from Great Cornard Parish Council on their Blackhouse Lane ground, writes Ken Watkins.
The football club chairman, Harvey Doherty said: “Cornard United are delighted to have signed the new lease, which will enable us to grow as a club now that we have a secure future.”
Council spokesman Tony Bavington said: “The signing of the lease opens a new chapter in the fortunes of Cornard United FC, and we now need the local public to get behind our club and make it the best it can be.”
Doherty thanked the council for their time and understanding as ‘the lease has been some time in the drafting’.
“The club would also like to thank Mark Hoskin and his brothers, Robbie Hoskin and Dave Collins, for it was their vision that started the rebuilding of the club back in 2013.”
In October 2013, the council took direct control of the football club premises from then manager Chris Symes, and advertised for applicants for a new lease.
“We now look forward to working closely with the parish council to build a football club for all of Cornard to be proud of and, more importantly, to come and support,” said Doherty.
Bavington said the refounded Cornard United members’ club was firmly rooted in the local community.
“The club has been renewed at all levels, including on the pitch.
“Relationships with junior clubs have improved enormously and a good relationship between the council and the club has developed.
“Over the last two years, we have been able to refurbish the clubhouse through a combination of capital investment from the council and voluntary expert labour from club members.”