Worthing: We're in a better place than a year ago

Worthing FC bosses say the club is in great shape to come out of lockdown and continue the progress they have made in recent seasons.

Worthing can't wait to be playing at Woodside Road with fans present / Picture: Stephen Goodger
Worthing can't wait to be playing at Woodside Road with fans present / Picture: Stephen Goodger

The Mackerel Men are out to reach the National League and, as reported last week, were devastated when another non-league season was ended early last month.

Now the focus is on the future, as a club statement outlined.

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“The club want to thank all their supporters and sponsors for their patience throughout this period,” they said. “We wrote to season ticket holders at the weekend to inform them that they will be able to roll over their 2020-21 season tickets into next season.

“This has been incredibly well received and some season ticket holders have generously donated their investment, with the intention of buying new season tickets next season.

“Like most in the football pyramid, we all face financial and operational challenges as we navigate through lockdown.

“However, we wish to reassure our supporters, sponsors and volunteers that we are determined to continue our progress and pick up from where we left off.

“During the past 12 months, through the lockdowns, we have worked hard to futureproof the club.

“We have extended the contract of first team manager and head coach Adam Hinshelwood for a further three years, which should be interpreted in no other way than a huge statement of intent. We have welcomed very experienced people on to our management team to build our commercial proposition and strengthen our day-to-day operational management.

“Furthermore, there has been a huge programme of change at the Crucial Environmental Stadium over the past 12 months, ensuring our stadium is fit to operate in the National League structure.

“The works include a brand-new FIFA-certified all-weather pitch, a new LED floodlight system and redevelopment of the north east corner with new spectator facilities, turnstiles and crowd segregation capability.

“All this has been funded from grant applications and our fantastic community crowdfunder campaign.

“There is no doubt in this respect, we will be in a far better place coming out of lockdown than we were going into the first lockdown a year ago and we very much look forward to welcoming our supporters, sponsors and volunteers back.”