Football: Wittering Harriers get new changing rooms and appeal for players

A FOOTBALL club is looking forward to next season following the completion of new changing rooms.

Wittering Harriers have been using portable buildings for nearly all of its 15-year existance but thanks to a club effort, supporting by the community, the new changing srooms are ready.

They have four changing rooms, plus a room for thje referee and a tea bar.

A spokesman for the club said: “The Wittering Harriers Committee would like to thank in particular the Wittering Parish Council, Thornhaugh Environmental Association, Wittering Grange and the numerous other funders who have supported the project.”

The new changing room project began when the club gained the FA Charter Standard status in 2005 and approached the Football Foundation for a grant. An offer was received from the foundation for more than £150 000 but was declined.

The foundation has a great say in the size and layout of the facilities in which they invest and the club felt it the proposed building was over ambitious for a small village football club.

The club worked with Wittering Parish Council and the Thornhaugh Environmental Association, the local steering committee which allocates funds from the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. Both had offered grants to support the changing room project.

A redesigned smaller changing facility was proposed and accepted by the parish council and association. Club members took great delight in smashing the old portable buildings down and preparing the area ready for the new build.

With Harrier teams playing in all the Peterborough Junior Alliance Leagues we are always looking for new players,

Anyone interested in joining the Harriers and taking advantage of the new changing facilities along with winter training under the clubs own floodlights should contact Dave Cotterill 01780 782351.

In particular, Wittering Harriers U11 and U14 are looking for players to join the teams now, ready for the start of next season.

For more information please contact Heidi 01780 783853