Mums unite to trans­form club un­der tight dead­line

Gloucestershire Echo - - BIG SUMMER - Samuel PORT [email protected]­

AGROUP of four mums have saved their sons’ foot­ball club house by re­fur­bish­ing it them­selves af­ter a fire.

The Rowan­field Rovers’ moth­ers were in a race against time, as Chel­tenham Bor­ough Coun­cil had told them that if the club house was not re­paired from the fall­out of the fire in 2014 then the team would no longer be able to use the grounds.

Ian Web­ster, the lease­holder of the build­ing, was told in court that the coun­cil would con­sume the build­ing.

He said: “In 2014 the pav­il­ion was burnt down and I de­cided to take the lease over to give kids an op­por­tu­nity in the area to play foot­ball and dif­fer­ent sports.”

The play­ers’ mums only learned about this in the weeks lead­ing up the dead­line date of May 31.

With five weeks to go, Beata Migowska, Tina Gard­ner, Sara Jane Wil­lett and Danielle Wood sprang in to ac­tion to save their un­der 9s squad.

They did much of the prac­ti­cal work them­selves and called on the com­mu­nity to make do­na­tions on­line so that they could pay pro­fes­sion­als to com­plete the rest of the work.

Rowan­field Rovers have been us­ing the grounds of the King Ge­orge V Play­ing Field, Chel­tenham, since 2015.

With the work com­plete af­ter reach­ing their £500 tar­get, they had their grand open­ing of the re­fur­bished club house on Saturday, July 6.

Beata Migowska, 35, said that it was a very “stress­ful” time but that they are so happy the work is now over.

She said: “It was stress­ful but we man­aged be­cause we had help from so many peo­ple.

“It was so amaz­ing, so many peo­ple helped for free. It was awe­some. “It was a mad rush be­cause we only had five weeks left to re­pair the club­house. It was all a lit­tle bit stress­ful.

“But we did it, we man­aged, and we are so proud of the club­house now. In just five weeks we did it.

“To be hon­est, this was all for the kids - we did it for them.”

Mrs Migowska went on to say that the club­house may have mul­ti­ple pur­poses now that it is in fit con­di­tion.

“They’re could be an adult team,” she said.

“We are also us­ing it as a gym and for lots of other dif­fer

Beata Migowska, Tina Gard­ner, Sara Jane Wil­lett and Danielle Wood, have or­gan­ised the re­build­ing of the Rowan­field Rovers Un­der 9s foot­ball club house, af­ter it was gut­ted by fire in 2014 Pic­tures: An­drew Hig­gins

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