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Lowfields lifts its image as Newark FC players and supporters come together to complete groundwork




Newark FC’s chairman says the club is lifting its image ahead of the new season after a weekend of volunteer work took place at Lowfields.

Gary Clarke, who was joined by more than 30 supporters and club staff over the weekend, expressed his delight with the volunteers, who helped upgrade the club’s facilities.

On going work to change former the branding to Newark FC at the former Flowserve football ground. Pictured L>R - Joint Manager Steve Kirkham, Joint Manager Craig Roche & Head of Academy Francois Zoko at the Newark FC ground. (37919699)
On going work to change former the branding to Newark FC at the former Flowserve football ground. Pictured L>R - Joint Manager Steve Kirkham, Joint Manager Craig Roche & Head of Academy Francois Zoko at the Newark FC ground. (37919699)

“Everybody had a paintbrush in hand, or a screwdriver, or whatever it might have been and we cracked on,” he said.

The work saw the completion of railings between the club’s first team pitch and the second pitch, while the ironwork was refurbished with a layer of paint.

“We have almost finished the barrier which runs all the way up the drive to the gates, which was the biggest job,” he said.

On going work to change former the branding to Newark FC at the former Flowserve football ground. Pictured L>R - Joint Manager Steve Kirkham, Joint Manager Craig Roche & Head of Academy Francois Zoko at the Newark FC ground. (37919712)
On going work to change former the branding to Newark FC at the former Flowserve football ground. Pictured L>R - Joint Manager Steve Kirkham, Joint Manager Craig Roche & Head of Academy Francois Zoko at the Newark FC ground. (37919712)

“We have done the home changing rooms as well, and they look really smart now with orange walls and black benches.

“We want Lowfields to be somewhere that shows visiting teams that we are more than just a football club, and that Newark is something to shout about.

“We want good facilities and we have emergency lighting in the stands now, which will light up during the game as well.

“From a safety point of view that is really good.

“We still have a few bits and pieces to do but it was fantastic.”

Clarke said the weekend of improvements also gave supporters and fans a chance to catch up for the first time since the end of the season.

“Pottsy (Tom Potts) was there, as was Josh Burkitt, Meads (Danny Meadows), the two managers, Ollie Beall (physio), and others wanted to make it but couldn’t because they were self-isolating, but it was great,” he said.

“It shows that the supporters are part of the club.”


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