Harrowby United volunteers carry out lockdown transformation
Harrowby United volunteers have made good use of the lockdown by transforming the club’s facilities.
After their United Counties League Division One season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, they have got to work on improving the clubhouse and pitch.
Using a system where only a handful of people are working at the Dickens Road stadium at any given time, social distancing measures have been followed. However, they have still made plenty of progress.
The clubhouse has been extensively cleaned, re-plastered and is currently in the process of fitting new carpets, while the chairs have also benefited from re-upholstering.
Michael Atter, chairman of Harrowby United, said: “We’ve gutted the place, it’s well under way now. The pitch has been re-seeded.
“We got shut down and took the opportunity. We planned to give the club house a good clean but ended up being a complete refurb of the club.
“We’ve put in measures where it was just two or three at a time going up there and working.
“It will be a whole new club. We’ve been using our time well and doing what we can.”
As well as a refurbishment of the clubhouse’s interior, United have plans to install two new dugouts. Also, the railings surrounding the pitch have been straightened and repainted.
Michael continued: “We’ve secured 15 players from last year’s squad and [the manager’s] got his eye on a couple more.
“We’re just waiting on the all clear from the FAof when we can start. Luckily, we’ve got two or three coaches who can do drills in groups of six split into attack, midfield and defence.
“Thanks to the lockdown we’ve done jobs that would never have been done otherwise. Nobody wanted the lockdown, but it’s been ideal for doing this.
“Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel some of our charity days including the [memorial] Danny Walsh one in July.”
Another initiative set up by United as a result of lockdown concerns sponsorship. The club will be selling around 40 ad boards around the ground as they would normally. However, this year, each board sponsor will be entered into a raffle to also be the club’s main shirt sponsor for 2020/21 season.
This could potentially see smaller businesses receive a level of exposure that they may not be able to afford under normal circumstances.