The league season is about to begin and since we stopped in February due to flooding the world is a very different place. Lots of tremendous work behind the scenes has ensured we are complying with FA guidelines on restarting football following covid. Significant time and funds have gone in to creating policies, social distancing procedures and purchasing equipment to support this. Training in August 2020 has successfully returned alongside competitive matches.
The pitches are looking better than ever, we have new football equipment generously donated by Adam Stansfield Foundation, Ross Lions and Football Foundation to replace what was damaged by the floods. We have two men's teams this year for the first time in a long while, a pan disability and a women's section too. Our juniors section is growing with 13 boys teams and 7 girls teams playing across leagues in Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. We have a vibrant holiday club and our Saturday Club with PACES and specialist goalkeeping coaching with Allan Hawkins are restarting in September.
The clubhouse though unfortunately is not available. For 10 years the CIC has developed what was an horrendous facility into one that was fantastic, much work has gone in to fundraising, running a kitchen, hosting events and applying for grants. Over £125,000 has been raised and we have recently received £25,000 for flood prevention measures thanks to Football Foundation and Hereford Community Foundation. Herefordshire County Council as tenants took the building of the of the CIC which the football club belongs to following floods. We are now eagerly awaiting updates about when we can return.