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Vision for a Field of Dreams in Newquay: Fundraising Support

The Peppermints have ambitious plans to secure the future of the Youth Section of the Club that will allow increasing numbers of local children to play football, develop their skills and compete. Sue Handford is helping with the ambitious fundraising targets.

Thanks to the wonderful support of Colan Parish Council, the Club has secured a long lease of 25 years at Colan Playing Fields. They now are starting the quest to raise around £400,000 to fund their exciting vision. The plan is to lay professional, grass football pitches with proper drainage with a shower block, access road and parking and hopefully, subject to fundraising and local demand, a community room and kitchen.

The Club has made a stunning start with £50,000 from Sport England Jubilee Fund and funding support from the FA (the exact amount is to be confirmed). However more is needed to complete this exciting and inspirational development that will benefit the children and parents of Newquay.

Phase 1, in the first year, will provide high- quality football pitches with proper drainage together with an access road and parking. Phase 2 will see the construction of showers, toilets and changing rooms so that the youth teams do not have to change in public and can return home clean.

The final phase subject to local demand, funding and planning, will include a training /function room and kitchen that can be used by local community groups as well as the Club.

Pete Butterly is Chairman of the Newquay Community Football Club Committee and said:

“NAFC (youth division) has in excess of 250 Newquay children, both boys and girls, from ages 4 to 16. The number of children we have enable us to have teams playing in leagues covering the whole of Cornwall. Teams play in league matches across Cornwall from the ages of 7 in appropriate age and ability teams from Bude, down to Torpoint and across to Penzance.  They can progress to the adult club once over the age of 16 where they can play throughout their career.

We offer training and coaching. This is very popular but we are in need of quality facilities and pitches due to this massive growth in membership and requests from parents for more training, coaching and competition opportunities.

The venue at Colan is my “field of dreams”. We are now starting to fundraise, so please can everyone support us.”

Eagan Fabby (pictured) lives near Summercourt. Eagan has played for Newquay since he was 7 years of age. Now 11 years old, Eagan said:

“I love playing football for Newquay. I have made so many new friends since I started and enjoy training each week learning new things”.

Sharon Redman’s daughter, Katie has been involved with NAFC’s youth division for many years. From 8 years of age Katie has been playing grassroots football with the boys and has now been selected to play in her first International game for the England Schools Football Association (ESFA) under 15’s team. Katie is also at final stage of being selected for the full England under 15's side. This is a tremendous achievement.

Sharon said:

As a football referee I was very wary of girls playing with boys - it’s very difficult. Katie went for a trial with NAFC’s youth division and I had a call from Jeff Besley saying she was selected for the Under 9’s. She showed great talent and playing made her stronger, more skilful, tougher and more aware. Katie has played in Valencia and in Manchester and is looking forward her first international cap in the Paul Docherty trophy next month.

We live in Newquay and it will be fantastic to have Club base with proper pitches. It is so important for children to play, train and learn together and it means the club can have the facilities they need for the long-term future of youth football in Newquay