Broadbridge Heath ready for return to action

Broadbridge Heath FC have been busy putting the finishing touches to preparations for the club’s imminent reopening

The finishing touches are going in at Broadbridge Heath in preparation of the club's reopening. Picture by Steve Robards
The finishing touches are going in at Broadbridge Heath in preparation of the club's reopening. Picture by Steve Robards

The lockdown-enforced closure has given the club the possibility to attend to a few jobs that might not have been possible in busy times.

Club secretary Andy Crisp said: “With the cellar empty of beer it gave us the opportunity to erect some much-needed shelving for storage of soft drinks, and shelving has also been installed in the outside cupboard to help store training kit and equipment.

“Unfortunately we had to bring the outside portable goals into the ground for safe keeping. The surface area where we had them stored was becoming badly worn and the nets and fence had been damaged by people climbing over them to retrieve footballs.

“Also, contractors have enhanced the planting on the west boundary, to improve the appearance there.”

Ahead of the reopening, Heath have held video committee meetings to ensure the smooth running of the club until such time that doors can be thrown open to welcome back members and visitors.

The SCFL Premier Division Supplementary Shield gets under way on April 10 with the Bears hosting Horsham YMCA in a derby.

Spectators for non-elite football will be under the same categorisation as outlined for all spectators in the government roadmap, with all fixtures behind closed doors until no earlier than May 17.