Work continues to bring Southwick Football Ground back to life
Released: Friday, 30 April 2021
Adur District Council is continuing to work with the new tenants of Southwick FC's football ground to bring the facility back into community use.
The terms for a 25-year lease with charity the Russell Martin Foundation (RMF) were agreed in February this year and the Council has awarded £50,000 to repair the run-down facility as part of the agreement.
Due to significant mismanagement issues and safety concerns, the Council ended the agreement with the former leaseholder at Southwick FC in 2019.
Both RMF and the Council were aware of the plight of the Old Barn Way ground when the agreement was made and both are now working to get the facilities up to scratch. RMF are working with a number of local clubs and teams to get football up and running as soon as possible.
Rebuilding boundary walls and demolishing derelict buildings are part of the work programme as is an upgrade of floodlights.
A spokesman for Adur District Council said:
“We and RMF were fully aware of the amount of work that is needed to bring this ground up to scratch before we signed the lease over. A recent survey has simply confirmed the work ahead. We remain totally committed to making this a community facility to be proud of once again.”
Dr Alan Sanders, Chief Executive of RMF, said:
“Adur District Council and Russell Martin Foundation have confirmed that they see the re-development of Old Barn Way as high priority and have agreed to be very pro-active in creating a football facility that the local community can be proud of. This is great news for all concerned,as the challenges ahead will need everyone working closely together to achieve our collective ambition.”
The Southwick-based not-for-profit football charity, which is backed by the former Norwich City and Rangers player Martin, has plans to work with the council to refurbish the entire site, transforming it into a community football hub, which promotes health, wellbeing and education in the area.
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