Congleton Town have announced that work will begin shortly to carry out much needed repairs work to their clubhouse building.
The work will be funded by a grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, along with donations from other benefactors and organisations.
Town Secretary Ken Mead explained: “Last winter the clubhouse was damaged by the continual wet weather, causing water ingress in the clubhouse rooms including the main room, bar, secretary’s office and toilets.
“Structural surveyors advised that significant enhancement was needed to the building to protect it from bad weather. The pitched element of the roof needs to be re-tiled and the flat roof area requires a new skin together with new guttering and downspouts. The electrical wiring needs to be updated and a new central heating boiler should be installed.
“The total cost of the refurbishment is in excess of £35,000 and the club is now in a position to commence the work and has appointed roofing and electrical contractors.
“The money has been raised as a result of a successful application, made with assistance from Cheshire FA, to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) which is funded by the Premier League, funds raised by the club supporters, further grant aid provided by local trusts, Congleton Town Council and Cheshire East Council.
“It is hoped that the work will be completed before the end of the current football season. The clubhouse activities including the hosting of matches will not be affected whilst the contractors are on site. Work is scheduled to start this month.
“Club officials are most grateful for the help given by the FSIF and the other benefactors, who have made it possible for the vital work to be carried out and preserve an important club facility that benefits all visitors to the Richborough Estates Stadium”.