Trust reacts to roof donation
Members of Chorley Supporters Trust who attended the open meeting on Wednesday 7th October 2015 would have heard Club Vice Chairman and Supporters Trust member, ailment Graham Watkinson give details of an offer of £35,000 from an anonymous donor to replace the roof over the Duke Street end of Victory Park. Attendees would also have heard that the mystery benefactor had put forward the condition that assurances are given from the ground owners as to the long term prospects of Chorley FC being permitted to play at Victory Park. A meeting was due to take place between club officials and representatives of the company that own Victory Park to discuss the proposition. One week later the club officially announced receipt of the anonymous donation from a long standing supporter of the club. They also revealed plans for the roof and a timetable for its installation.
Chorley FC Supporters Trust would like to put on record its own thanks to the benefactor for such a tremendous act of generosity and philanthropy. There is no doubt that not having a roof over the Duke Street end for the winter months was the cause of much concern for club officials and fan alike. This remarkable gesture will be a significant step in restoring the famous old ground at Victory Park to its former glories.
Chorley Supporters Trust remains concerned about the lack of a long term lease in place for Chorley FC to play at Victory Park. The football stadia improvement fund offers funding of up to 50% of a projects costs up to a maximum of £250,000. Such projects covered by the scheme include the upgrading of open terraces, new open or covered terracing and the installation of crush barriers*. Had Chorley FC been in possession of a long term lease (minimum ten years) then this magnificent donation of £35,000 could have formed the foundation of a far more significant project for Victory Park such as terracing Ashby Street or extending the terracing at Pilling Lane. The Supporters Trust would urge the owners of Victory Park to work with them and the dedicated board of Chorley Football Club to help those connected with the club to help themselves.
You can find out more about the Football Stadium Improvement Fund here.