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Southwell Town Council supports proposals to upgrade Southwell City Football Club's Centenary Sports Ground in Brinkley

The chairman of a football club says it is a positive for both the junior and senior teams after plans to upgrade its facilities were supported by a town council.

Proposals from Southwell City Football Club to upgrade its clubhouse and pitches at the Centenary Sports Ground in Brinkley were agreed in principal by Southwell Town Council.

The club plans to introduce a 20ft high fence around the perimeter as well as a dug-out with a new stand and turn-stile, which are all FA requirements for entry into step six ­— the level of football its first team hopes to play in the coming years.

Centenary Sports Ground, Brinkley. 060220TV4-1. (28532376)
Centenary Sports Ground, Brinkley. 060220TV4-1. (28532376)

“We have a great partnership with the town council and they are great supporters of the club,” said the football club’s chairman, John Cunningham.

“It would be a positive for both the junior and first team section, especially as it gives the first team a chance to move up the league, should they be in a position to be promoted.

“They have a strong team at the minute with some great players who have come through the system at Southwell.”

The first team currently plays its football at the War Memorial Park, near the town centre.

Because it is a public field, the football club cannot meet the stadium requirements to win promotion.

It also means they cannot bring in extra funds through ticket sales, however, a move to Brinkley would allow that.

John said the goal was for the younger children to play at the War Memorial Park and adults to play at the Centenary Ground.

The support from Southwell Town Council follows earlier concerns from councillors.

Mr Steve Perry, a member of the council’s planning committee, felt the huge project may look out of place in its surroundings.

It was suggested that floodlights should face downwards to ensure that they do not affect drivers on the roads around the ground.

John was not disheartened by the concerns and said he was happy to work with the council moving ahead.

The council has also extended the lease of the Brinkley-based ground to the football club.

Newark and Sherwood District Council will have the final say on Southwell City FC’s planning application.

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