Chatteris Town FC: West Street Ground Improvements
Whilst it has all been about the steady incline at Chatteris Town FC since the club’s promotion back to the Cambridge Premier Division during the 2015-2016 season, clinching three trophies along the way, the recent activity has been a much ‘flatter’ affair, focussing on much needed groundworks at the Clubs’ playing facilities.
Courtesy of a substantial £15,842 grant from local business Mick George Ltd, the Clubs’ West Street Ground which hosts all home fixtures and training sessions has seen its driveway and car-park completely relayed with 175 tonnes of aggregates, remedieing some severe safety hazards.
The ground’ hasn’t seen any improvements since its origination back in 1936, but with ‘The Lillies’ preparing to celebrate their centenery in 2020, all connected with the Club’ have been actively making changes.
The Club’ has already completed refurbishment work to the changing rooms, bar, kitchen and toilets, as well as an extension to the Clubroom, but unfortunately funds dried up which prevented the finishing touches being added. The suplus money provided by Mick George Ltd has also permitted new furnishings and an essential fire-alarm.
Going forward, the seated stand that contributes towards the 2,000 capacity at West Street, will be known as the Mick George Stand.
The project arose following recognition from the Town’s Council that there is an increased need to enhance the number of leisure and recreational amenities in the area. It is a desire of the Club’ to encourage more youth, women and walking football, and it’s felt that ugrading the current premises will only assist in achieving that objective.
After a strong finish to the last campaign, that saw ‘The Lillies’ finish in 5th position, the Club’ will be hoping that all recent improvements will help to build on their current form which sees them languishig just below mid-table.
Lester Kent, Director at Chatteris Town FC said: ‘’The transformation has been incredible. No longer are first impressions of a depressing nature, due to the ‘shabby’ premises, they’re now much more positive. The local community now has a clean, bright and appealing location that can be used as a social facility. We’re now even hosting pilates classes, company meetings and parties. On behalf of all connected with the Club’, we’d like to thank Mick George Ltd for their generosity.‘’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’We support a number of sport initiatives at grass-root levels, as we recognise the difficulty that these volunteer-led organisations face in seeking funding to improve their offering to local communities.‘’
Stump continued: ‘’Given that we specialise in the groundworks and aggregates field, we were more than happy to assist.’’