Juniors setting sights on new clubhouse

Joe Riley of Manchester United (left), Sam Lavelle of Blackburn Rovers and Macauley Wilson of Blackpool, who all came through the ranks at Lytham Juniors, are backing the Juniors' plans for a new clubhouse
Joe Riley of Manchester United (left), Sam Lavelle of Blackburn Rovers and Macauley Wilson of Blackpool, who all came through the ranks at Lytham Juniors, are backing the Juniors' plans for a new clubhouse

A Fylde football club has launched a fund-raising drive as it targets a new clubhouse.

Lytham Town and Juniors is looking to match fund £70,000 already in place to replace the current dilapidated Portakabin with a building fit for purpose for future generations of footballers, complete with boys and girls changing rooms, referee’s changing, toilets, showers and a new social room with a bar.

The plans are in the very early stages, with a development plan having been drawn up ahead of more detailed designs but the club, which has more than 350 ranging in age from five to adult, already has its sights on staging a host of fund-raising events.

The hope is that some grant cash will be available but the aim is for the club to raise as much as as it can.

Coun Ray Thomas who is supporting the club on the development said: “The new design has galvanised everybody in the club, they are a great bunch of people and I am sure their hard work and determination will be rewarded with the building of a much needed club house, which will make such a huge difference to so many people.”

The football club has a rich heritage dating back to 1880 and over the years it has coached thousands of footballers, many of whom have played professionally, including seven current players, four of whom played for the same Lytham Juniors team and have just signed contracts.

The quartet - Manchester United’s young starlet Joe Riley, Macauley Wilson (Blackpool), Sam Lavelle (Blackburn Rovers) and Christian Hill (Burnley) – are all backing the development plan.