Southall FC celebrates 150th anniversary, proposes health and well-being centre for community

Tuesday 28th July 2020 08:00 EDT

Southall Football Club will be celebrating its 150th anniversary next year with a proposal for the establishment of a new health and well-being centre for the community following the coronavirus pandemic.

The club is currently in negotiations with the London Borough of Ealing and private landowners to build a new stadium back in Southall and has a first phase funding target of £125,000.

“Our aim for the coming season 2020/2021 is to push for promotion and be playing Step 4 football next year as a semi-professional club in the heartland of Southall.

“Football for all ages is our main focus, especially encouraging the 16-18 years old to do well in their BTEC National courses by working in partnership with a local education provider in offering football and other sports,” said Sanjeev Sharma, Southall Football Club Chair.

As part of this project the club proposes a community-based Health and Well Being centre to be incorporated into the new stadium as a hub for sports projects, school use and educational programmes, too – an asset that the whole community can enjoy. The new community stadium would offer local residents state of the art training and fitness equipment, health checks, along with sports injury prevention advice, martial arts and boxing coaching sessions. Across the community classes are proposed to suit the elderly, disabled, youth, community based, plus female only classes.

"Southall FC is a key part of the history of Southall and is a treasure locally. Over the last 150 years Southall FC has inspired generations of young boys to play football and started some stellar careers. Now they welcome girls too and play a role for everyone, supporting community sport, helping kids get healthy and stay out of trouble. I want to see Southall FC have another 150 years of great history, connected to our community, rooted in the spirit of our society and firmly placed in the centre of Southall providing high quality coaching, a successful league team and paying back into our community," said Virendra Sharma, local MP for Ealing and Southall.

The club hopes of moving from Step 5 to Step 4 in the non-League as semi-professionals have recently been dashed due to the Coronavirus pandemic as the Club was sitting in the top 5 teams with games in hand and promotion was on the cards. A 2021 Gold Club membership is offered to potential sponsors for £1,000 for a year which includes programme advertising, season tickets and a replica club shirt amongst other great deals. Please contact: [email protected] to join this great, local initiative.

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