Welton Rovers reveal plans for new stand at West Clewes
Welton Rovers hope to have a new main stand in place for the start of next season after revealing that plans to redevelop West Clewes are finally approaching a conclusion.
Planning permission has been approved to replace the current wooden structure, which has been damaged by several fires in recent years, and the club are now ready to submit a final funding application to the Somerset FA and Football Stadia Improvement Fund.
Rovers’ directors are also planning further major works to the West Clewes site, including the complete refurbishment and extension of the existing changing rooms with the possible addition of public toilets, plus an overhaul of the existing clubhouse which is now 25 years old.
Those projects are targeted for completion in 2015 and 2016 respectively, while a scheme to put bark chippings and picnic tables in the area to the rear to the ground is scheduled to be finished in time for the 2014 World Cup.
Welton chairman Stuart Minall said: “We need the new stand up for the start of next season and we need to make a number of improvements to the clubhouse and the facilities at West Clewes to really allow us to kick on and get more people through the doors of the club.
“The plans are realistic, and very much achievable, so these are objectives that can be attained. The director group that I am involved with here is absolutely passionate about making it happen, and with a good wind I believe we can do it.”
As well as the grant application, Welton will be staging a series of fundraising events in the forthcoming year to help pay for the work.
A number of players and supporters are running the Bath Half Marathon in March and there will be a grand reunion dinner for former players in February, with other events due to be announced at www.weltonroversfc.co.uk.
“We will be looking for people to support our efforts to raise funds and I would also like to find a local company who would be willing to sponsor the stand for an initial three-year period,” Minall added.
“We will also be asking people to sponsor a seat and have their name recorded in the stand permanently in recognition of their contribution.
“This is a real opportunity to cement the future of the club and I would encourage anyone who cares about WRFC to get involved with our efforts as they unfold over the coming months.”
Fans can also help boost the club’s coffers by buying official Welton Rovers merchandise from a new website, launched last week after the club tied up a deal with kit manufacturer Vandanel and Sondico Professional.
The agreement will see Rovers wear Vandanel kit for the coming season, while embroidered club garments will be available at welton-rovers.sondicoprofessional.com with the club receiving commission on all transactions.
Rovers director Stuart Rogers, who brokered the deal, said: “We needed a kit partner who could keep the whole club looking smart, be it the directors, the bar staff or indeed the players, and we needed to be able to get our hands on the same or similar stock season after season – Vandanel can do that.
“We hope the Vandanel partnership is going to make our lives much easier in the longer run and add significantly to the club's coffers.”