Cottesmore Football Club helped by community in Rutland following arson

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CALLS for help by a football club that was devastated by a fire last week have been answered.

The future looked bleak for Cottesmore Amateurs Football Club after a fire destroyed the club’s wooden pavilion containing all its kit, mowers and electricity supply for its floodlighting on Sunday last week.

But the club says it will be ready to start the season in the Everards Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division on August 20, even if it means playing away for the first few matches.

The club, which did not have insurance because it could not get cover following a spate of vandalism, has been inundated with offers of help.

Chairman Allan Westray said: “We have got to bounce back from this. I am sure we will, but it will take time.

“We have been so pleased with the response from people and are already organising fundraising events.

“We have had offers of support from various people.

“Among them are RAF Cottesmore, businesses and individuals in the village.”

At a meeting on Wednesday night the Lions Club of Rutland agreed to donate £1,500 to the Cottesmore Amateurs on the condition that it goes towards a new mower and fixing the electricity for the floodlights so that the under-18s can play in the Leicestershire Floodlit League next season.

Mr Westray estimated last week that it would cost up to £80,000 to get the club running as it was before the fire.

To help with the Cottesmore Amateurs Football Club appeal contact Allan Westray on 01572 724275.