Newquay Association Football Club are calling on the public to back a campaign aimed at offering the team and community a sustainable meeting place to be proud of for many years to come.
Known as The Peppermints, Newquay AFC were formed in 1890, play at Mount Wise Stadium and are one of the most successful clubs in Cornish football history – producing the likes of Republic of Ireland World Cup star, Chris Morris.
Following a period of decline, a brand-new committee of volunteers have helped breathe life into the club alongside generous support from the community, although recent hard times brought on by Covid-19 have left The Peppermints needing one ‘last push’ to ensure Mount Wise becomes a place for everyone to enjoy.
To that end, the club have today launched a Crowdfunding campaign with the aim of raising £3,500 to be put towards the community renovation of their facilities, a target which, if met, will be matched by Sport England, meaning a total of £7,000 can be invested into the future of the football club and the town itself.
“The football community is as diverse as ever with clubs battling for promotion and against relegation; trying to fill financial holes as we strive to compete in the modern football world,” explained club chairman, Paul Barlow.
“We have been affected, like everyone else recently, by the Covid-19 pandemic; reducing ticket sales and other sources of revenue coming into the club. Despite this, Newquay AFC is pressing forward; moving towards an exciting phase in its history with the re-development of its facilities.
“Having up to date modern facilities which encourages people to visit the club seven days a week are crucial in the development and sustainability of Newquay AFC.
“This exciting new development will provide the local community access which will not only secure the future of the football club but give us the financial ability and income streams to compete in the higher echelons of the football pyramid.”
The club’s aim includes an update of their facilities, including the bar area and meeting room slash players and supporters lounge. They aim to provide long standing members and players, along with future stars, a trophy and memorabilia room to be proud of, as well as state-of-the-art changing room facilities and canteen.
“All this,” says Barlow, “will also further help to achieve our goal, through Newquay AFC Youth, to give all young players the opportunity to play and progress in a safe, fun and sociable environment, providing a positive football experience for all.
“Through the positive promotion of football and community engagement, we are committed to providing opportunities for football participation and development for all people in a safe, supportive, respectful and positive environment regardless of age, religion, race and ability.
“We are working tirelessly day and night with some great people and local businesses to achieve this dream and we thank you in advance if you can help us realise it.
“We have come a long way with the support and generosity of the community already linked to the club but we just need that last push to make this a really fantastic facility which will provide a place to train and meet well into the future.”
For more information, or to make a donation, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/newquayafcfuture