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Campaign to improve sports ground drainage

Hailsham Town Football Club has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for improvements to the drainage system at The Beaconsfield.

The Stringers are hoping to raise £3,000 to install new land drains under the playing surface, which, it is hoped will reduce the amount of water-logging
typically suffered in the winter months.

Secretary Stuart Fairway from the club said; “We lost so many games over the last few years to water-logging that it began to affect the club adversely in both financial and reputational matters, particularly in the season just passed. 

Whilst last winter was exceptional, every game, be it first team or Under 23s which is postponed, has an impact in terms of wasted efforts from our volunteers, players and coaches in preparing for the game, as well as the need to then find suitable dates for rearranging – which is, at times, easier said than done!”

Chairman Rob Squires added; “As part of our philosophy for the future of the club, we want to make our facilities more accessible to the local community – particularly our growing youth section, who we would love to be able to see on their home ground more often for both training and matches. 

“We are often asked to host charity matches which we are happy to accommodate where possible, and indeed next season we are delighted that East Sussex Fire and Rescue will be playing home matches at The Beaconsfield in the new Emergency Services League, as well as our long term tenants Welcroft Park Rangers in the East Sussex League. With these events, and our three adult teams, our current drainage is simply no longer up to the job – these new land drains will especially help to improve the drainage in the areas most frequently affected by waterlogging”.

Nus Ghani (pictured above) has long campaigned for better funding for local clubs. She has raised the issue of lack of investment in local football clubs with the Football Foundation, which recently awarded grants to seven clubs in Wealden. Hailsham Town FC was one of the successful applicants and was awarded £1,500. The funding has been used for pitch maintenance work and reseeding

The Stringers plea for support goes out to all, with rewards offered at differing levels for donations towards the target. For more information and to make a donation visit https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/improving-drainage-at-the-beaconsfield.

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