Rallying call by under threat Barrow sports club
Last updated at 09:34, Wednesday, 09 October 2013
A RALLYING call was made to members of the public by a Barrow sports club under threat of closure at a public meeting tonight.
The future of Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club is uncertain after BAE Systems, which owns the site in Hawcoat Lane as a ‘corporate asset’, revealed plans to end its lease.
It means the club needs to raise £65,000 to put them in a position where they can apply for grants to secure its long-term future.
A packed hall at the club was told tonight that the withdrawal of a subsidiary by BAE Systems would seriously impact on the club’s finances.
Dave Coverdale, one of the club directors, said: “Support and commitment is essential otherwise we are going nowhere.
“We are at a pivotal time in the history of this club."
The club hopes to raise funds through a lottery scheme and aims to attract 2,000 members.
Donal Pettingale, commercial director at BAE, described the situation as “unfortunate” but said the sports club would be given preferred bidder status if they presented a viable plan.
First published at 21:58, Tuesday, 08 October 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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'Unfortunate'? Thats how you describe it? Could you be any-more patronising Pettingale? I guess the costs of wining and dining government types for contracts has meant you cant contribute to a pivotal community institution.
To Don Pettingale
If BEA are sincere in their stated intention that the sports facilities should continue in their current state for the benefit of their employees & local residents the least they could offer would be to fund any shortfall in income until the board are successful in their attempts to obtain grants from various sports bodies etc.
This would be the best option to guarantee the continued operation of the club in its present form.
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