Cash-strapped club fearing for its future

Committee members from Askern Villa FC are appealing for sponsors. Pictured back l-r are team manager Brian Johnston, Ted Ellis, community liason officer Bradley Johnston, Rob Patrick, treasurer Paul Simpson, acting chairman Austen White, sectretary Dave Hall, Colin Mounfield, and Ian Tallentire. Front l-r are Craig Sockett, Steve Kennedy, and Chris O'Grady.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2344LM
Committee members from Askern Villa FC are appealing for sponsors. Pictured back l-r are team manager Brian Johnston, Ted Ellis, community liason officer Bradley Johnston, Rob Patrick, treasurer Paul Simpson, acting chairman Austen White, sectretary Dave Hall, Colin Mounfield, and Ian Tallentire. Front l-r are Craig Sockett, Steve Kennedy, and Chris O'Grady. Picture: Liz Mockler D2344LM

THE future of one of Doncaster’s most successful football clubs hangs in the balance if they cannot find a sponsor.

Askern Villa FC is undergoing a restructure programme ahead of its 2012/13 league campaign after getting through a season ravaged by mindless vandalism, including arson attacks, which wrecked the club’s ground leaving the side cash-strapped.

As part of the restructure, the club needs a businessman or sponsor to raise the club’s profile, help get funding and raise money to redevelop the team’s facilities practically destroyed by yobs so that it meets the requirements of the Football Association.

Following a troubled season which saw Askern Villa, who play at Manor Way, having to endure a relegation scrap for most of the NCEL Division One campaign, committee members fear that if a sponsor cannot be found soon, the club may have to fold altogether.

Club secretary Dave Hall, 54, said: “Financially we’re strapped, there’s no doubt about that.

“We’ve had to use a lot of our funding to pay to repair our facilities damaged by vandals, it was about £20,000 worth of damage earlier this year.

“We’re effectively skint and we really do need help.

“It’s a fantastic club, one that has continued to rise through the leagues and we’ve got plans for junior development too.

“But we’re running on volunteers, hard-working people giving up their time and even dipping into their own pockets to help keep the club going.

“Without the money from a sponsor or businessman, it doesn’t really bear thinking about what will happen to the club.”

The club is holding a golf day fundraiser at Wheatley Golf Club, in Armthorpe Road, on July 27, from 1pm.