WORTHING Football Club announced in a statement last night that George Dowell has become the club’s majority shareholder.
The 22-year-old played for Worthing United and for Rebels’ youth team but was left paralysed from the chest down after a car crash in April, 2010.
He got back involved in football last summer when he set up Worthing Borough, a West Sussex League side, and is now looking forward to getting started with Rebels and feels the Conference is the standard they can aim for.
Dowell will run his Worthing Football Centre out of Woodside Road and a 3G pitch will be installed for the start of next season.
The Worthing Football Club statement read: “Worthing Football Club can provide a further update on the progress of the restructuring taking place currently.
“We are very pleased to welcome George Dowell as a new director of the football club. In addition, we have sought and obtained member approval to allow George to become the majority shareholder in the company.
“As part of this, the club’s finances have been re-structured and the debt will be drastically reduced. The co-operation of major creditors and all shareholders has been crucial in achieving this, and George and the existing directors, are grateful to them for ensuring a smooth resolution in this matter.
“This paves the way for infrastructure improvements at Woodside Road, starting with the installation of a latest generation 3G pitch - work on which will start at the end of April. The facility will be operated by George’s company set up for the purpose, Worthing Football Centre Ltd, who will take over an extended lease at Woodside Road.
“Worthing Football Club’s access to the ground will be guaranteed in perpetuity by legal instruments, ensuring football will be played here by The Rebels, at the current level or higher.
“The manner of reaching this agreement has been positive and constructive, and George and the board also thank the directors of landlords Worthing Sports & Social Club Ltd for their help and co-operation during this exciting development.
“We will provide further updates in the coming weeks, and George is interviewed in this week’s Worthing Herald.”