Mossley AFC look to raise £15,000 for ground repairs

MOSSLEY AFC are busy fundraising as they need to spend around £15,000 on essential ground repairs.

They are looking to re-roof the changing rooms and extend the match officials’ facilities to accommodate female officials.

Mossley must reconfigure the match officials’ room before the start of next season to comply with Football League guidelines while the roof has been in need of replacing for some time.

Finance director John Larner explained: “We normally spend about £4,500-£5,000 each year on ground maintenance, mainly to the pitch.

“This is the first time in the 10 years I have been at the club that we are spending a great deal of money as we have tended to put things off as long as possible.

“We have a FA deadline for some of the work, but feel confident we can get there with everyone’s support.”

The plan is to replace the roof in March/April when the weather improves and then concentrate on the match officials’ room in May/June.

Mossley hope to raise a considerable sum by holding a sportsman’s dinner and the annual Mossley 10k run as well as hosting the AtMOSphere music festival.

During a recent three-week break from having a home fixture, Mossley extended the away changing room to comply with league regulations.

That work cost £3,000 with the cost footed by club sponsors Chris Hey at Total Rope and Phil Ramsden from PNR Engineering Ltd.

Mr Larner help with the ground improvements will be welcome, whether financial or in terms of labour or skilled workers able to offer time.

Mossley have also been helped by Oldham Probation Service who contacted the club with an offer of help.

Their clients have spent the last six Sunday’s redecorating the away changing rooms and tidying the ground.

“Oldham Probation Service contacted us and have done a really good job. We have been impressed by the work they have done,” added Mr Larner.

Emmaus Mossley also provide stewards on matchdays and Mr Larner praised the support of the townspeople as well as local business.

And Mossley have been delighted to see attendances leap by 30-per-cent in the current campaign, another positive sign.

“I am very proud how the Mossley people have rallied behind us. And the increased attendances have also brought in more money through food and the bar,” said Mr Larner.

• The first fundraiser is the sportsman’s dinner on Friday, March 9 at 7pm.

The speaker is former Burnley, Huddersfield and Wolves striker Steve Kindon and comedian Austin Knight.

Tickets are £35 and available from Mr Larner on 07702 486138 or accounts.tax@btopenworld.com or from the social club.

 

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