Friday, 21 September 2018

Chairman praised for reviving football club

THE chairman of Watlington Town Football Club has been named as a “star player” in the Football Foundation magazine Onside.

THE chairman of Watlington Town Football Club has been named as a “star player” in the Football Foundation magazine Onside.

Paul Griffiths, of Stonor Green, Watlington, was nominated by his club for the monthly feature to recognise his involvement in turning it around since he created a management committee in spring last year.

He said it was a “great privilege” to be chosen and was pleased at the recognition for himself, the club and other members of the committee.

Mr Griffiths’ achievements include creating a five-year plan to track the club’s development, organising the first ever team kits and negotiating a £5,000 grant from the Football Association to improve facilities at the pavilion.

The number of men’s teams at the club has increased from two to five in the past year and four children’s teams have also been added.

Mr Griffiths, who has played for the club for 15 years, said: “I used to be reserve team manager and I had to call five games off because of a lack of players. I was hauled in front of the Oxfordshire Football Association to explain because we were in danger of being kicked out of the league.

“That was a real turning point because we would have been down to one team if something didn’t change.”

He now hopes that the club’s top team, which plays in the Oxfordshire Senior League Division One, will be promoted to the Hellenic League, which it played in during the Seventies and Eighties.

Mr Griffiths says the £7,000 permanent pitch barrier which was installed last weekend is an investment in the club’s future. A new road sign was also erected this week.

He said: “It sends out a message to the people of Watlington and the surrounding areas, existing players and future players that we mean business because they can tangibly see that.”

He also hopes to improve the training area and instal new floodlights.

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