Seaford Town Football Club are making plans to not only secure the team’s future but to fulfil their long- term ambitions of one day playing in the Ryman Premier League.
Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sports, accompanied by prospective MP for Seaford, Maria Caulfield, visited the club this week to meet Chairman Bob Thomsett and some of the committee members to hear about their plans for the future.
During the visit, which also saw the Culture Secretary visit nearby Seahaven FM to give a radio interview, the minister was shown around the pitch and clubhouse and heard how the club has come through some difficult years but was now in a good position to expand.
The club will be presenting a number of options for improvements at The Crouch to Seaford Town Council next month. The aim is to provide modern facilities for the growing young population of the town to replace the current outdated and inadequate ones.
The improvements would include adaptations for people with disabilities so they could have easy access and make full use of the ground.
Tory hopeful Ms Caulfield said, “Seaford Town FC currently has the best stand in Division Two of the Sussex County League, but if the club is to move forward they need to develop the ground further.
“The Secretary of State was very impressed by the commitment of the club management but if the team are going to improve their performance on the pitch we need to encourage more people to get involved and more young players to take part. Improving the facilities at the club is vital in making this happen and I am pleased that the club is meeting with Seaford Town Council to discuss future plans.”
The club are planning to present their plans to the council next month and will be contacting residents shortly to get their views. Seaford Town FC – nickname The Badgers – were founded in 1888. Their highest ever County League Division One position was fourth in the 1965/66 season.