New facilities are unveiled at Whitton United Football Club
- Credit: Su Anderson
Whitton United Football Club unveiled its new facilities at a public opening on Saturday.
The Ipswich club has refurbished the changing rooms, improved the bar area, built a new fence and laid new Tarmac for the car park at the King George VII Playing Fields on Old Norwich Road.
The project, headed by facilities manager Lucky Singh, was made possible by a grant from north west Ipswich borough councillors and some donations by the Spencer Group, which provided some labour and materials for free.
Mr Singh said: “I want to say a big thank-you to everyone here that has helped refurbish the football club.
“We have now taken over the club, and we really want to branch out to the community and say it’s here for everyone to use.”
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Among those responsible for the redevelopments are Suffolk County Councillor Kathy Bole and Ipswich borough councillors Robin Vickery and Albert Grant, who helped the project to secure funding.
Other supporters include the Spencer Group, which carried out the car park improvements, and donated labour and materials, and inmates from HMP Hollesley Bay, who have been working with the club for more than two years, providing labour to help with the renovations.
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The bar had been under separate ownership but was taken back under the control of the club last month.
Mark Richards, chairman of Whitton United FC, said: “It’s been fantastic, and now we are very much looking forward.
“We are a Step Five club, and we are at a level where we can compete with any other Step Five club.
“We have got a new football stand now as well, so it’s a good place to be, and has already been well received by the players and the community.”
Mr Singh added: “We want a community club here, and we have worked hard over the years to get to that.”