I visited Lye Football Club to meet the chairman and staff and back a call for more volunteers to help look after the ground.
I was joined by councillor Dave Borley for the visit with chairman Brian Blakemore and general manager James Didlock.
I had a tour of the football club and then watched the first half of the team’s match against Coleshill Town.
The team were recently promoted to the Northern Premier League Midland Division and won the match 3-1.
The club – dating back to 1930 - has around 20 volunteers and five children’s teams. It also has support from the Northern Premier League Midland Division Pitching In initiative funded by the league’s sponsors Entain to encourage volunteering.
Brian told Suzanne how the club is always in need of additional volunteers. It is predominantly just the bar staff who are paid.
Many thanks to Brian and the club for inviting me to visit. The chairman is investing money to renovate the ladies and men’s toilets and re-concrete the car park and entrance way so it’s clear the club is on the way up.
This is an important community asset and the investment by Brian is most welcome in helping with the regeneration of Lye – something that remains one of my top priorities.
I am also happy to give a shout out to the community for more volunteers to help the club in its ambitions. Please do get in contact if you can spare some time.