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New Ground Lease Agreement For Chadderton

Mon 13th July 2015 | Chadderton
By Ian Templeman

Chadderton have reached an agreement with Oldham Council to secure a new 35-year lease on their current Broadway Stadium home.

The local authority has been working hard with the club to make this happen, as it believes the club plays an important role in the community and will continue to do so.

The club say this deal has brought stability and security – as well as an opportunity to progress its numerous squads and support the community.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives, said: “We know the important role that sporting clubs play in our communities around the borough and Chadderton FC are fantastic ambassadors for its own area and neighbouring districts.

“This lease gives the hard working volunteers, staff, fans and players peace of mind as they build towards a successful future. The council is determined to help them, and other clubs where possible, realise their ambitions. We wish the club, which has been an integral part of Chadderton for almost 70 years, all the best with this long-standing agreement.”

Bob Sopel, Chairman of Chadderton FC, said: “We’re delighted with this lease which has now given us the confidence to move the club forward and improve our facilities.

“The committee have worked their socks off and the club has already spent money on improving our clubhouse, pitch, drainage, the stand and fencing around an area where we had trouble with anti-social behaviour – but this lease now enables us to build on our foundations and it safeguards the club’s future for generations to come.

“These are exciting times for the club and we have so much to look forward to.”

Pictured from left to right: Councillor Graham Shuttleworth (Chair of Chadderton District Executive), Bob Sopel (Chadderton FC Director and Chairman), Glynn Mellor (Chadderton FC Director and Treasurer) and Councillor Barbara Brownridge (Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Cooperatives).

Photo and information courtesy of Andy Rudkin, Media Officer at Oldham Council.


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