Worthing youth football club plans hampered by lack of funding

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Jason Nicholls, president of Worthing United Youth FC at Hill Barn and Rotary Recreation Grounds, said they had to cope with “inadequate facilities”, with no separate toilets or changing rooms for the women’s teams.

He said the insult came on top of the injury when more than half a million pounds were handed over to Worthing Town Football Club, to spend on new facilities, including a new 3G pitch. and spotlights.

However, Worthing Town had received £ 340,000 as part of Section 106 funding – a contribution from the developer of a new subdivision in Durrington – which was to be returned to the local community.

DM21101190a.jpg. Worthing United Youth FC unhappy with lack of funding. Young players and coaches at Hill Barn Recreation Ground. Photo by Derek Martin Photography and Art SUS-211018-114729001

Mr Nicholls said: “We manage a total of 32 boys and girls teams within Worthing and have around 400 young footballers on our books.

“We are a completely voluntary organization and no individual is paid to perform coaching or other tasks.

“Our facilities at Hill Barn include an old wooden clubhouse built in the 1950s designed for men’s football with shared showers open and no toilets or changing rooms for our female footballers.

“We have argued for several years with the Worthing Borough Council over our poorly maintained facilities. Unfortunately, we did not receive any financial support from anyone.

DM21101192a.jpg. Worthing United Youth FC unhappy with lack of funding. Young players and coaches at Hill Barn Recreation Ground. Photo by Derek Martin Photography and Art SUS-211018-114751001

Nicholls said that, from the club’s point of view, it was “very frustrating” and “so disappointing” to see a substantial amount of money spent at Palantine Park “on behalf of a club of similar size”.

He added: “Daniel Humphreys [Worthing Borough Council leader] visited our club for three years and saw the weekly vandalism and ASBO behavior issues that are occurring around our clubhouse.

“He also saw the lack of facilities for our footballers.

“Can Daniel explain to our 400 young footballers living in Worthing why only one youth football club has received [significant] funding when other youth football clubs have not received any funding? “

DM21101191a.jpg. Worthing United Youth FC unhappy with lack of funding. Young players and coaches at Hill Barn Recreation Ground. Photo by Derek Martin Photography and Art SUS-211018-114740001

Mr Humphreys said work was underway to support the club as well as “other clubs in Worthing”.

Mr Humphreys stressed that the board does not have “unlimited funds”, so tough choices had to be made.

He added: “Sometimes it is successful but it is a work in progress for others.”

A spokesperson for the Adur and Worthing councils said that under regulations for the spending of s106 funds, this was from the West Durrington property developer, “so should be used close to development.”

However, the council said the money was “used as co-funding” from the Football Foundation for the developments.

A spokesperson added: “The West Durrington s106 was for the off-site provision of 3G land and the legal agreement specifically mentioned money spent at Palatine Park or Shaftesbury Avenue Leisure Center as the two most common options. close to the strategic housing allocation in West Durrington.

“As we had already replaced the 3G pitch at Shaftesbury Ave, the money was directed to Palatine Park and it was used as co-funding to secure additional funding from the Football Foundation.”


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