Barrow sports club pleads for public’s support to keep them in game
Last updated at 20:10, Thursday, 26 September 2013
A POPULAR Barrow sports club facing a cash crisis has issued an SOS to the local community to help them survive.
The future of Hawcoat Park is under serious threat after site owners BAE Systems gave the former Vickers Sports Club, in Hawcoat Lane, 12 months to find a new source of income.
The club is urging people to sign up to their lottery scheme and for as many people as possible to attend a crunch meeting next month.
Hawcoat Park board says the premises, which have been in use for more than 80 years, can be saved and have launched an appeal called Secure Our Sports Club.
They need to raise £65,000 to put them in a viable position to be able to apply for grants to keep going.
If 2,000 people sign up to the £1 Unity charity lottery scheme, they could raise an extra £52,000 a year and help them survive.
Those taking part can win prizes from £5 to £25,000 each week
Commenting about the loss of the BAE cash, the club said in a statement: “This will put a significant additional financial burden on the club’s operating costs that cannot be covered through our income-generating activities.
“The continued existence of the club is under serous threat. It’s loss will be a tragedy.”
Club director Bob Woods said they wanted as many people as possible to come along to the meeting and sign up for their lottery scheme to help save the club.
He said: “Everyone thinks this will go away and we will be alright but we won’t.”
Another director, Paul Burns said: “We have to get the reality across to people. They have to get out of their minds that we will be OK because we won’t at this rate.
“There is a chance that we could close completely but with the public’s help we may be able to stay open.”
The 15-acre greenbelt site boasts football, cricket, rugby league and union, tennis, table tennis, rifle and pistol shooting, bowls, and most recently American football with the Walney Terriers.
The club hosts thousands for the Keswick to Barrow walk event every May as well as events throughout the year.
It caters for all ages, from over sixes to seniors.
A BAE Systems spokesman said the situation remained the same and a representative would be attending the meeting.
The meeting will take place at 7.30pm on October 8 at the clubhouse, Hawcoat Lane, Barrow.
Log on to www.hawcoatpark.co.uk to sign up for the lottery or pop into the club for a form.
First published at 16:36, Thursday, 26 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Agree with the above.VSC has beg part of my life I was brought up on Thorncliffe Rd ,theclub brings together young people to play rugby ,cricket ,football and tennis as well as being such a remarkable social place .Through the KEswick to Barrow it raises thousands for charity and all this will be taken away for what? Another shoddy housing development ! all ecause BAE will not put it's hand in its pocket the money of which would be negligible.Vsc hold a special place in my heart I met and married my husband there not to mention numerous fabulous cabaret nights .I for one will chain myself to it before getting rid.I have every faith in the Barrow people to help save this establishment ,Clare Clarke
Agree with the above,how can getting rid of part of the heart of Barrow make any sense.I was brought up in Thorncliffe rd and Vsc has always been part of my life.It brings young people together through rugby,football,cricket and tennis not to mention probably the best biggest social club in the area.Through the Keswick to barrow it raises thousands for charity and all this will be lost for what ?, some shoddy housing development.allbecause Bae will not sign a cheque to continue this club madness,I am sure the people of Barrow will rally round to help save this place.Vsc holds a special place in my heart met and married my husband there and spent much of my childhood there I will literally chain myself to it ,come on BAE get a grip ,Clare Clarke
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