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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Cumbrian football club scores further investment

A CASH boost for a junior football club will go towards building a new clubhouse and making a road safer.

Abbeytown Football Club was given £7,500 after four wind turbines began operating at Hellrigg, near Silloth.

The club is attempting to raise £200,000 for extensive repairs.

A particularly wet year has caused problems with the pitch and led to many games being called off, which the club has struggled to avoid.

Trustee and fundraiser Iain Carruthers hopes that the repairs will greatly improve the facilities available to the club.

He said: “We started work last May but with the wet weather it ground to a halt.

“We want to build a small community room and hope that other people in the village can use it.

“There’s no parking at all at the moment and people parking at the side of the road is dangerous, so we have bought a parking area.”

Despite the small size of the village Mr Carruthers estimates the club has up to 18 different teams. These are made up of women’s and boys’ teams but there has been no senior men’s side for a number of years.

But this is something that the club are hopeful will come with the new facilities.

Mr Carruthers said: “The men’s team folded years ago and we are hoping to get it up and running again.

“There is an under-18s team now and we’re banking on them sticking together.

“Over the last few years we have had some good players but there’s nowhere for them to play so they end up going to Wigton Harriers or Athletic.

“It’s a bit of a shame.”

The club has raised £85,000 for new facilities so far, including £50,000 from Sport England and £15,000 from Francis C Scott charitable trust.

In total the Hellrigg community fund, donated by RWE npower renewables, gave £15,000 to causes in the area.

Over the 25-year lifespan of the windfarm the total investment will be more than £375,000.

JJohnson@cngroup.co.uk

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