Hemsworth MW rally fans for club renovation bid

Goal scorer: Andy Hayward
Goal scorer: Andy Hayward

Hemsworth MW are calling on fans and people living in the local area to support their bid to revamp the club’s facilities with the help of builders’ merchant, Buildbase.

The club has applied to the Buildbase Club Renovation Programme, which launched this year and is open to teams entering the Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase competitions. Up to £100,000 worth of building materials, electrical products and hire equipment is available to two football clubs in 2017.

Billy Rowett, trustee at the club, said: “Our footballing achievements over the years reflect the work of many volunteers and we know we can achieve more. So we are striving to integrate our facilities more with our local community.

“Currently, our bar and hospitality area is inadequate and certainly not amenable to families on senior match days and is too small for community organisations to use.

“Also, we have a rich sporting history – not just in football but in rugby league, boxing and cricket – but there is nowhere locally for these talents to be recognised and remembered.

“We would like our proposed facility to incorporate a ‘Hall of Fame’ including such people as Geoffrey Boycott, Cyril and Peter Knowles and boxer Les Pearson among others.”

To help the club stand a better chance of being awarded Buildbase’s product bursary, fans can register their support at http://www.buildbase.co.uk/pitch-in-your-support and also Tweet #BuildbaseRenovation.

Local Buildbase branches will be supporting the club by providing information about the building products required for a renovation project.

Kate Tinsley, chief executive of Buildbase, said: “Our branch teams are already an integral part of their local communities so it’s brilliant to be able to extend their support with an investment that will renovate football club facilities for the benefit of all. In partnership with The FA we will select the most worthy causes.”

In February, six shortlisted finalists – three Buildbase FA Trophy and three Buildbase FA Vase clubs – will be invited to pitch their project to a panel of judges from The FA and Buildbase at a Dragon’s Den-style event at Wembley. Two winners will be announced at the Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase semi-finals on March 11. They will receive an award presentation for their building products on finals day on May 21, with renovations to start in the summer.

Hemsworth, meanwhile, are going through a tough time on the field and they lost 2-1 at Bottesford Town last Saturday.

The game remained goalless to half-time thanks to keeper Sam Leigh as he saved a penalty.

But he could not prevent Joshua Nichol from giving Bottesford the lead six minutes into the second half and Danny Boulton doubled the advantage on 80 minutes. Nick Guest was unable to put away a chance for Wells before their opponents scored and Sam Jones went close, but their only goal came in the 90th minute when substitute Andy Hayward netted.

Wells host Albion Sports this Saturday (3pm) and are away to Thackley next Tuesday (7.45pm)