Council to debate £15k funding for Tigers

Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw, Bassetlaw Council leader Simon Greaves and Worksop Guardian editor Ben Green raise the club flag in the civic square to symbolise their support for the 500 Club campaign to save Tigers
Worksop Town boss Mark Shaw, Bassetlaw Council leader Simon Greaves and Worksop Guardian editor Ben Green raise the club flag in the civic square to symbolise their support for the 500 Club campaign to save Tigers
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Bassetlaw Council will tonight decide whether or not to grant £15,000 to Worksop Town Football Club.

Cabinet members will hear a report from council leader Simon Greaves, recommending that Tigers get financial assistance in the wake of Jason Clark’s decision to stop funding the club.

The report details the club’s desire to become a stable, self-financing model, with a mass membership and ownership base.

It also highlights the change in ethos from a sole focus on promotion and success for the first team, to a broader range of goals revolving around community sport and mass participation.

The £15,000 would be paid to the Worksop Town Supporters Society Ltd, who have been funding the club’s operations since May.

Clark’s decision to stop putting money into the club led to the setting up of a new membership scheme and sponsorship deals with the likes of Lee Westwood, with around £75,000 raised so far to cover rent at Sandy Lane, insurance costs, league fees, overheads and wages.

The report reads: “Key to the success of the football club will be management stability. The £15,000 would be used to assist with running costs of the club, and associated expenses for the 2014/15 season.”

“Worksop Town Football Club is a long established football club that serves North Notts and the wider region. Moves by the club to a multi-sport, multi-ability mass participation model will provide greater opportunities for local people to take part in sporting activity and lead a healthier lifestyle.”

“A thriving local football club is able to act as a catalyst for increasing pride in North Notts. In addition, by supporting the club, the council will be acting in accordance with its statutory general power of competence and public wellbeing powers.”

The council has backed the club financially before, with a £99,000 loan that was fully repaid in 2008/09.

Cabinet members will meet at the Ceres Suite in Worksop Town Hall at 6.30pm tonight and the meeting is open to the public.