United’s plans gather pace

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AMBITIOUS plans to resurrect a long-defunct Skegness football team took a major leap forward last week when the club officially relaunched.

Skegness United FC held a special launch night in the Crown Hotel, Skegness, last Thursday night.

Around 100 interested members of the public and local business representatives gathered at the hotel to listen to chairman Geoff Farrar’s plans to breathe life back into the club, which hasn’t kicked a football since the outbreak of World War Two.

And Geoff was delighted with the turnout on the evening after it generated plenty of interest in sponsorship deals at the club.

If the interest turns into firm financial support then the club hopes to have enough cash to bring the club back to life in time for the start of the new football season.

Geoff said: “We had just short of 100 people in attendance for the launch, and we got most of the people there who we wanted.

“We know we have five or six people offering the various kinds of sponsorship we were seeking, and we think we can cover all the things we need to start our season with.”

The club was expected to consider the various sponsorship packages at a meeting earlier this week.

The club now plans to begin a recruitment drive for players. Managers Mark Hallam and Jason Callaby will spend the next few months recruiting the core of their team.

Another key date for the club will be a crunch meeting late in June, when the newly-formed team will learn if its bid to join the Lincolnshire League has been accepted.

The team also hopes to announce its first friendly fixtures in the near future.