February has been a very frustrating month for us all. The weather has played havoc with the fixture schedule and we can only hope now for the weather to improve as we enter Spring!
We thought our members might like a brief update on the plans we have in place for our football club:
No doubt many of you will be aware that we have put in for planning permission at Brinkley. Our aim is to completely renovate the clubhouse, invest in a new main pitch and improve the drainage so that the pitches are less vulnerable to wet weather.
Last week, myself and Richard Wilson met with Southwell Town Council to explain the clubs plans in full. We were encouraged by the positive feedback we received from councillors and believe that they are as keen as we are to see the club develop and thrive. We are also pleased to confirm that the club has recently signed a new 75 year lease on the ground with the council.
We hope to start the renovation work on Brinkley as soon as planning permission has been granted. Full details of the plan will be made available on the Southwell City website once approved.
Adult football will move to Brinkley for the 2020/21 season. The Memorial Ground clubhouse and pitches will then be dedicated to junior football. We have plans to improve the facilities here too, once the Brinkley project is well underway. We are sure that the improvements we make here will benefit the whole of our local community, not just the football team.
Pitches & Training
Obviously we are all concerned and frustrated that we have lost so much football in February. We have considered if we could find alternative pitches to use but this is not really practical with so many teams to consider. It would also mean moving to 3G pitches which would involve travelling and a major cost to the club at a time when we need to save money for the future.
Luckily, the majority of our teams currently train on the All Weather Pitch at Minster School. We have only lost one session all winter, due to flash flooding on Nottingham Road. So, even when we can’t play at weekends we have at least had the consolation of being able to train.
We thank our all club members for their patience at this time. No doubt, the glut of midweek fixtures that many teams will face in the spring will make up for the games we have lost this winter!
The club’s three year development plan is an exciting one and we are sure that all of our players and parents will be pleased with the improvements we want to make. Come on City!!
John Cunningham – Chairman
On behalf of the Southwell City Executive Committee