Foot­ball club in calls for aid with pavil­ion up­grade

Evening Times - - NEWS - By STACEY MULLEN

AN EAST End foot­ball club is hop­ing for a fund­ing boost to im­prove its cur­rent fa­cil­ity.

St Roch’s Ju­nior Foot­ball Club is call­ing on the sup­port of the lo­cal com­mu­nity to help them in their bid to de­velop James McGrory Park to make the pavil­ion more com­fort­able for all sup­port­ers on match days.

The club, which is based in the city’s Roys­ton, plan to im­prove their pavil­ion by build­ing toi­lets which can be used by women or any­one with a dis­abil­ity.

The club cur­rently have no pro­vi­sion and be­lieve if they were granted the money, the could im­prove match days and other events for the com­mu­nity.

In their bid, St Roch’s said: “St Roch’s FC are a ju­nior (semi-pro­fes­sional) foot­ball club sit­u­ated in the North of Glas­gow. Since our new com­mit­tee have been voted into the club, we have at­tempted to make this club part of a com­mu­nity which has been of­ten for­got­ten by the city it­self.

“We have or­gan­ised sev­eral char­ity days, chil­dren events, home­less aware­ness days, run a free homework club for lo­cal kids as well as host­ing free foot­ball coach­ing acad­e­mies for lo­cal kids ev­ery sum­mer.”

The bid con­tin­ues: “How­ever, St Roch’s home, James McGrory Park, is in dis­re­pair. We have holes in the roof, the dress­ing rooms are not fit for pur­pose and we have no dis­abled or women’s toi­lets of note.

“Should we be as­signed a sum of money, it would al­low us to plan and con­struct a new toi­let block on the side of the build­ing which would al­low us to host and hold more com­mu­nity events in more com­fort­able sur­round- ings.” If suc­cess­ful, St Roch’s could be awarded any­thing up to £25,000 but they need the sup­port of the com­mu­nity first be­fore the vot­ing closes.

Andy Cameron, man­ager of St Roch’s, said: “It is im­por­tant for the peo­ple who come along to watch our games to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence. We have in­vested a lot in­side the pavil­ion but the toi­lets out­side do need im­proved for the spec­ta­tors who come along to watch our games.”

He added: “This would make James McGrory Park a fit for pur­pose arena not only for us but for am­a­teur cup fi­nals and po­ten­tial ju­nior cup fi­nals.”

You can vote for St Roch’s bid to win the fund­ing by vis­it­ing the link here - https://com­mu­nity-fund.aviva.co.uk/vot­ing/project/view/17-706

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