County Council help Worthing FC handle spike in crowds

Football. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150730-111558001
Football. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150730-111558001

West Sussex County Council is helping Worthing Football Club handle growing attendances watching games.

The ‘Rebels’ are flying high in the Isthmian League Division One South, attracting bigger crowds to their Woodside Road ground.

The U-18s 0-3 home defeat to Middlesbrough FC in the FA Youth Cup saw 1,154 fans attend earlier this month.

These numbers are having a knock-on effect with congestion and parking near the ground.

Another high attendance is expected at 12pm on Sunday, December 27 for a charity match.

The County Council is advising the club on a travel plan to cope with home and away fans, directing visitors to more appropriate local parking.

Local residents living near the club are advised to consider kick-off times when going out in their cars.

County Council’s Member for Tarring, Bob Smytherman, said: “We are pleased with the recent success at the football club and welcome the constructive attitude the club has shown towards the needs of local residents.

“It is an unfortunate side effect of success that some issues can arise.

“I would like to reassure members of the public we will do our best to continue to work with the club to minimise any inconvenience.”

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