Football club’s plan to change name and switch homes

PUBLISHED: 09:33 12 June 2012

The club says it would change its name if the move goes ahead

The club says it would change its name if the move goes ahead

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A FOOTBALL club has launched ambitious plans to revamp playing fields in a North Somerset village in a move the club says could offer increased sporting opportunities for the whole village.

Kewstoke Football Club would rename itself Locking Football Club if its proposal to move to playing fields in Locking is successful.

Speaking at a meeting of Locking Parish Council on June 7, the club’s vice-chairman, Gordon McKenna, said the club was looking to make a long-term commitment.

But some concerns were raised at the meeting about the state of the playing fields, which are prone to flooding, with the club warned it faced an expensive process to revamp the fields.

Although it is currently called Kewstoke FC, the club rents pitches at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, with club bosses saying the move would finally give the club a dedicated home.

The proposal would see the club develop three full-size football pitches, a seven-a-side pitch, a nine-a-side pitch and improved changing room facilities.

Mr McKenna said other sports teams would also be welcome at the site, which could eventually host cricket, rugby or hockey fixtures.

He said that although renovation work on the pitches, which could take up to two years to complete, would be expensive, the club would reduce its costs through the move.

The club is looking for a 25-year lease for the site, which would allow it to apply for Football Association grants.

After an outline business plan was presented to the council, Mr McKenna told the meeting: “One of the main reasons is that most of our players don’t live within the Kewstoke area.

“The majority of children that play are within this catchment area.

“We’re not looking at this for a quick move; we’re looking at a long-term commitment for this becoming our home.

“We think we’ve got a plan in place that will secure the future of the club.”

The council will now look at the business plan before considering whether it will support the proposal.

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