Light at the end of the tunnel for Holly Meadows footballers
A youth football club in West Norfolk can now see light at the end of the tunnel thanks to two new floodlights at their home base.
Holly Meadows Youth FC, based in Pott Row, are celebrating the completion of an 18 month project to install floodlights at their home ground to enable their players aged between 4 and 11 to train at their home venue all year round.
The club, who were formed in 2016, started out with a single team and 10 children but now run four teams and provide the opportunity for more than 60 children to enjoy football in their community.
Club chairman Phil Hurr said: “In the long-term it’s going to save the club a lot of money and now we’ve got the floodlights it makes it an even playing field for everyone.
“In the winter time when it gets too dark to train, all of the club’s youngsters will be able to train here rather than have to go to other venues.
“It will be so much better for everyone and the club can continue to move forward. The decision to raise the money was taken some time ago.
“We started off with one team but the club has continued to grow. We’ve got youngsters coming to us from Great Massingham, Gayton, Dersingham, West Winch and King’s Lynn.
“We’ve received some massive support from the local community, even with the installation of the lights, and the school have also played a big part.”
The two floodlights are situated around a 60 by 40 metre training area.
Funds for the lights were raised by donations from their Parish Council and local Trusts, as well as a bingo night organised by a player parent, sponsored runs by players at the Mini Gear and selling of coffee and cakes at matches.
Only last year, the family-friendly club attained the FA Charter Standard award in just their second season on the pitch.
This accreditation is awarded to clubs rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable – and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.
The club provides weekly pay-and-play football sessions for four to six year-olds on Wednesday afternoons, between 5 and 6pm at Holly Meadows School.
See their Facebook page at Holly Meadows Youth Football Club for more information.