BTC Sports Ground saved by £50,000 cash boost

A match at the BTC Sports Ground

Football managers gather to celebrate the £50,000 Sport England funding

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

FOR months its future looked bleak.

Despite hosting football matches for hundreds of youngsters across Hampshire for almost 90 years, the much-loved BTC Sports Ground was staring oblivion in the face, after volunteers revealed it was becoming “not financially viable”.

As previously reported by the Daily Echo, bosses at the 14-acre ground in Stoneham Lane, Swaythling, revealed they needed £50,000 to keep the site going and make improvements to changing rooms and car parking facilities.

But now BTC Southampton Football Club can look forward to a brighter future, after securing vital funding from Sport England.

The club, which has around 350 footballers on its books, ranging from the under-eights squad to its five adult teams, faced an urgent scramble to find a new home if committee members were forced to terminate their long-standing lease on the ground.

They had already failed in a host of attempts to score funding from national bodies during the past decade, including two failed bids to Sport England.

But after years of misery, they have now made it a third time lucky after netting a £50,000 jackpot from the organisation.

Club chairman Damon Brown had previously vowed to resign in September last year alongside secretary Steve Gray, after becoming frustrated at being continually refused help.

But the duo reversed their decision in a bid to secure funding.

And Mr Brown told the Daily Echo that it was “like a dream” when they were finally told of their success.

He added: “This £50,000 is fantastic. It’s the future of the club and it’s great for sport in Southampton.

“Without it, it would have just been a matter of time for us and this could have been our last season.”

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7:29pm Fri 1 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

That's good news, perhaps they would let Pompey train there!
That's good news, perhaps they would let Pompey train there! OSPREYSAINT
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7:45pm Fri 1 Feb 13

LeTissiersEarLobe says...

good news
good news LeTissiersEarLobe
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10:28pm Fri 1 Feb 13

penalty says...

That is good news. BTC is always a good venue to play at- the Groundsman does a great job, obviously on a very restricted budget.
That is good news. BTC is always a good venue to play at- the Groundsman does a great job, obviously on a very restricted budget. penalty
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11:21pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Invidia says...

played there in my younger playing days always a good ground to play on so glad it has been saved for the next young players coming along
played there in my younger playing days always a good ground to play on so glad it has been saved for the next young players coming along Invidia
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6:27am Sat 2 Feb 13

Pikey Pete says...

It is so annoying when you see sports athletes get money from the lottery. For an individual person.

Yes they need it. Dont start an argument.!!!

Places like this benefit Hundreds of people and should have lottery funding.
It is so annoying when you see sports athletes get money from the lottery. For an individual person. Yes they need it. Dont start an argument.!!! Places like this benefit Hundreds of people and should have lottery funding. Pikey Pete
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