A substantial funding windfall has been secured by a new youth football club that has just been formed in Haverhill.
Not only that, but the new club now has a name; Haverhill Town FC, a Twitter account; @HaverhillTownFC and a Facebook page; Haverhill Affordable Football.
On March 10, the Echo revealed the plans being put in place by former Haverhill Rovers Youth FC chairman, Squadron Leader Lee Wood, to establish another youth football club in his home town.
That club has now been named and the social media sites are up and running. It has also secured a large chuck of funding from a sponsor that for now at least, wishes to remain anonymous.
Sqn Ldr Wood said: “We have been given in excess of £6,000. It’s a considerable amount of money, which is fantastic.
“This pretty much guarantees the football club’s kits, bags and training wear. For new teams that come across to us it is a vast sum.”
The sponsorship sum also means, added Sqd Ldr Wood, that fees for the season will be kept lower and more affordable for parents due to a lot of the start up costs being funded.
Offering affordable youth football in Haverhill was the primary motivation behind forming the club in the first place.
The club badge has a windmill, denoting the many windmills Haverhill had in the 1800s and early part of the 1900s and a poppy, added as an act of remembrance to all those from the town and local villages who have fought for their country.
This is particularly close to Sqn Ldr Wood’s heart as he too serves in the Armed Forces.
The badge also bears the number 2016 to reflect the year in which it was founded.
So far four teams have definitely joined Haverhill Town FC and the club is expecting to be officially affiliated to the Suffolk FA on May 30.
An application has already been put in for entry into the Cambs Mini Soccer League, while an interview is imminent with the Cambs Colts League with a view to the club entering teams into it for next season.
Matches will be played at either Vion Sports & Social Club, Puddlebrook Playing Fields, Motts Field or at Castle Manor Academy.