England striker pledges support to Harpenden club facelift
FORMER England striker Mick Harford is showing his support for Harpenden Town Football Club’s bid to raise �30,000 to give its facilities at Rothamsted Park a major facelift to avoid relegation.
Since launching its appeal last month to redevelop the clubhouse and sports pavilion, Harpenden Town has raised over �3,500.
To avoid relegation from the Spartan South Midlands League First Division on a ground grading technicality, it needs to commission an �80,000 project over the summer.
After being promised support from St Albans district council and the FA ground improvement to the tune of �50,000 in funding, the club has set about raising the remaining �30,000.
Lead fundraising organiser Iain Sinnott said he was delighted to receive additional support from “local football legends” such as Mick, a Harpenden resident.
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The club is to host an event where some lucky town residents will be able to pull on a shirt and play on the first team pitch with and against former professional football stars.
Mick said: “Football has obviously been a massive part of my life and I have been lucky enough to make it a career as well as a passion, but grass roots football and clubs like Harpenden Town are key to igniting ambition in young players and keeping the sport part of the community.
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“It is sad to see the struggle the guys are having to raise the funds to save the club and as a Harpenden man I am only too pleased to throw my weight behind the project.”
Those hoping to pit football skills against Mick and other legends will need to pledge �500 or more towards the campaign.
Iain advised competition hopefuls to get their bid in early, “as it will be on a first come, first served basis”.
Details of the full celebrity line-up will be announced when dates are confirmed, with the event likely to be held at the end of this season.
Iain said that for the less physically-minded there is a chance to have the Centenary stand named after them.
He explained: “For any individual, family or business pledging �100 or more, including those who have done so already, we will enter them into a draw, the winner of which will have their name on the stand for at least the next five years.”
For more information about the club’s refurbishment bid see www.harpendentownfootballclub.co.uk