Having safely negotiated their first season in the North West Counties Premier League (www.nwcfl.com), Barnton FC is looking forward to the new football season with some exciting new developments to its Townfield Lane ground.
Hundreds of hours of hard work, and the blood, sweat and tears of numerous volunteers have helped the club secure Grade D accreditation for its facilities, allowing the Club to play at two-steps higher in the football pyramid. This will also allow the Club to host Cup Finals where a neutral venue is required, providing a much-needed revenue boost.
Central to the development is a new 119-seat covered stand complete with press box, which is thanks to the generosity and foresight of Winnington-based construction company Spencer Weston. “We were approached by one of our clients who was a good friend of the Barnton manager, to see if we could donate any unwanted building materials like paving flags or fence panels. So, I arranged to visit the site with Steve to see exactly what they were looking for”, explained James Weston, Managing Director.
Following the visit James ordered the required building materials which were supplied by the local Buildbase branch in Wincham, who kindly matched the Spencer Weston contribution pound-for-pound.
Commenting on the generosity of the local businesses, Barnton FC Chairman Tim Burton said: “The support we received from James and the Spencer Weston team typified the effort put into the project. We targeted engaging with local businesses to deliver it in a bid to bring the community closer to the Club, and the advice and support James kindly gave to us was invaluable.”
But disaster struck in February in the shape of Storm Doris, causing serious damage to the new stand. Once again though the Spencer Weston team stepped up to the mark and made good the damage, along with adding further reinforcement to the structure:
“The hit we took from Storm Doris was a real set-back and threatened to undo so much hard work. So once again we are indebted to James and his team. Everyone at the Club is thrilled that we have a 119-seated fully covered stand complete with press box. We are all extremely grateful to James and in the same breath proud of how the ground now reflects on Barnton FC,” concluded Tim.
Other aspects of the ground improvements include hard standing around three sides of the ground, two turnstiles, a dedicated physio and treatment area, and refurbishment of the Official’s changing area.
Looking to the future, Barnton FC Manager Steve Lloyd is excited about the recent developments and the opportunities it presents: “The Club will now work towards its continued progression and status within the NWCFL Premier Division, whilst developing a playing squad that will see us compete in the top half of the division and beyond.”
Updated 20:52 - 3 Aug 2017 by Niall Owens