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Alford Town FC is an amateur grassroots club with a long and impressive history. We currently run two adult and four youth teams in Lincolnshire. Our ambition is to expand the junior section of the club to offer football to a wider range of boys and girls in the area – we are looking to move to 5 and possibly 6 youth teams in the next few seasons.
In recent times we have had considerable problems in the winter months with waterlogged pitches at our home ground. This season the problem has been particularly bad. By the time we have finished it is highly likely we will have lost the use of our pitches for something like 12 weeks in total. This creates an enormous problem with fixture backlog and puts a significant strain on precious club funds as we end up hiring other pitches to play on.
In addition our long access driveway and car park have been in urgent need of renovation work in recent years.
It is no good trying short term fixes to either of the above problems. We have done this numerous times in the past. What is needed are permanent, long term solutions that will stand the test of time, and we need to embark on the necessary work as a matter of urgency.
Not surprisingly, to do so will cost a significant amount of money. We have applied to the FA for a grant, but their wheels grind painfully slowly, and in the end we believe we will still need to match fund. Any donations you can give will be enormously gratefully received.
Without the resolution to the drainage problem at our home ground, and an improvement in the vehicular access to the club, we will not be able to take this club forward and fulfil the ambition to expand our offer of footballing opportunities for all in our area.
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