Plans outlined at fans forum

PUBLISHED: 08:57 04 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 May 2010

AT a well-attended meeting of supporters of Weston Football Club, the club chairman Paul Bliss outlined his plans for future development. Obviously, to be successful we need to generate more income and for this to happen we cannot only rely on money thro

AT a well-attended meeting of supporters of Weston Football Club, the club chairman Paul Bliss outlined his plans for future development."Obviously, to be successful we need to generate more income and for this to happen we cannot only rely on money through the gate. At present our door-to-door Striker lottery has 5,000 regular customers throughout the South West and South Wales and we need to look to double this amount."With this in mind we have plans afoot to increase the membership by a further 5,000 members. A pilot scheme will hopefully commence quite shortly and be in place for our next season."We will need to generate at least another £250,000 a year to progress the club to the National Conference and be on the same level as the likes of Exeter City and Oxford United. Several clubs have got themselves into financial difficulties and as a consequence have gone into administration in a bid to progress, but this will not happen to Weston."I have also held a positive meeting with the chief executive of Somerset Cricket Club and we are looking at a scheme to increase membership of both clubs."The club's director of football, Frank Gregan said he was expanding the Academy, run in conjunction with Weston College, to cater for ladies next season. He is also canvassing all local schools in a bid to hold after school training sessions and hold regular fun weeks in an effort to attract younger children to the club.Asked whether he was interested in getting local boys to play who were not students of the College, Mr Gregan said he would be delighted to see any youngster to come along and join in training sessions with the first team with a view to playing on a regular basis.

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