Corporate sponsors are being sought for Worthing Town Football Club’s eagerly-awaited new million-pound base at Palatine Park.
The venture is fast taking shape for the ambitious non-league club, with core funding having been secured with core funding from Worthing Borough Council and the Football Foundation, which contributed a total of £315,000 to its £1.4m build costs.
The club is seeking financial support from firms to ensure its future financial development as the scheme on the 15-acre park nears completion.
Its two-storey facilities will include eight new pitches, a multi-purpose clubhouse with six changing rooms and additional changing facilities for match officials, plus a meeting room and clubroom available for business hire.
The contempory-style building will replace the dilapidated, 1960s-built pavilion that was deemed unfit for purpose.
Construction on the new facilities, which also received additional financial support of £20,000 from Worthing Town Youth Football Club, is due to be completed in February and the first match is due to be played later in the year.
Offering Business Matters a tour of the site, the club’s vice-chairman Tony Lelliott hailed the move as hugely significant.
He revealed continued financial support for its development – it presently supports a total of around 500 young players – would be vital to its future as it had been without a permanent home.
Mr Lelliott said: “This is a very exciting development for us and we’re looking forward to getting started there as a club.
“It’s a great thing for the young people of Worthing and we’ve got more than 500 players, male and female, from the ages of five up to 55. Until now we’ve had to play all around the town – it will be fantastic to have a dedicated base. It’s an amazing project. We’re very interested in bringing the business community to the club, which will have a meeting room for hire,” explained the director, who said the town’s only FA charter standard community club was hopeful its new base would assist in raising its profile throughout the area.
Mr Lelliott said the club, voted the best community/not-for-profit organisation at the Adur and Worthing Business Awards in October, was keenly anticipating getting things off the ground at its new site.
Clive Roberts, council cabinet member for the environment, said: “This is a fantastic new facility and will provide opportunities for our young footballers to improve their skills. I look forward to seeing local players graduate to the Premier League.”
Ian Stewart from the club added: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to Palatine Park for a sneak preview of the new centre.
“Whether you’re already connected to the club, a local resident, a community group looking for a facility to hire or just curious about what the plans are, please drop in this month and take a tour.”
- Tours on Saturday, December 17, take place between 9am and midday at Palatine Park, Palatine Road, Worthing. For information about the club, call 01903 523880.