Ollerton Town Football Club looking to future under community
The future of a football club has been secured with the launch of a community initiative.
After a period of uncertainty, Ollerton Town FC will now be owned and run by members of the community.
The changes also include the signing of a 25-year lease at the club's Walesby Lane Sports Ground.
The club has been known by several different names.
It has been known as Ollerton Town since 1994.
Moving forward, the club will be known as the Ollerton Town Community Football Club to reflect the creation of the new Community Benefit Society.
Club spokesman Liam Kent said the lease allowed Town to develop and improve the ground, creating a community sports hub for Ollerton and surrounding area.
The new club will be built on a model where anyone can have their say and own a small part of the Ollerton Town Community Football Club through a membership scheme.
For £1, people can become members and part owners of the club, guaranteeing them a place at the annual meeting and a vote on big issues.
The club said this had been done so people could work together to provide sports facilities and a community space that everyone could all be proud of and have a say in running.
"This is fantastic news for the club and is the start of a brand new chapter for us," said Kent.
The club will be looking to provide a myriad of sporting opportunities including women’s, junior and disabled sports which shall only benefit Ollerton and the surrounding area.
Richard Irving, network manager for community-owned clubs at the Football Supporter's Association said Ollerton would be following the same model as more than 40 other football clubs in England and Wales, such as AFC Wimbledon, Exeter City, and Newport County in the EFL to names such as FC United of Manchester and Scarborough Athletic in non-league.
"All of them are operating the community benefit society framework that ensures sustainability for their clubs," he said.
An official launch event shall take place on August 16 when the football team takes on a Nottingham Forest XI at Walesby Lane.