Drive campaign to boost Brakes’ hopes of promotion glory
LEAMINGTON FC’s chairman is calling on fans and the business community to help give the club a major boost in its push for promotion.
Brakes are currently top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division table and, with games in hand, are in a strong position to secure a step-up to Blue Square Bet North in the Football Conference - a level the club was last at about 30 years ago.
The club’s hierarchy will launch the Promotion Drive campaign at tomorrow’s (Saturday) home game against Chesham United to encourage more townspeople to come through the turnstiles and make donations and more businesses to provide sponsorship so the club will have the money to both achieve and maintain higher-league status this year and for years to come.
Jim Scott, Leamington’s chairman, said: “We’ve had to balance the books recently by cutting the budget by 11 per cent. The manager has done a fantastic job by doing more with less but we now need a final push for the last ten weeks of the season. We’re trying to find an extra £3,000 in case we need to bring any players in to cover injuries.
“Secondly, if we get promoted we know what we need to deliver the ground upgrade and a target of £50,000 has been set for that.”
Should any of the £3,000 not be spent then this will be added to the ground upgrade pot, which is ring fenced money.
Changes and additions to the New Windmill would include converting the two existing stands to a single 250-seat covered stand on the car park side of the ground.
Two turnstiles will be added, as would extra terracing, a widened pathway on Sheepside, and a medical facility.
The dugouts could also be improved and moved across to Sheepside, while the catering unit would be expanded.
An overflow car park is also a priority, with the ground’s capacity being raised from 2.250 to 3,000. Brakes’s average attendance has been about 550 this season but Mr Scott wants more supporters to share the club’s success in the coming weeks.
Mr Scott said: “We’re a dynamic and growing club and should we make it this season then it will be our sixth promotion in 13 seasons. We are a good news story built upon very solid foundations and one of the best supported clubs within non-league football with a good match day atmosphere. We offer affordable football for the family in a friendly environment.”
For more information about sponsoring or supporting the club visit www.leamingtonfc.co.uk
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