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Community ‘key’ in £90,000 revamp of AFC Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: REVAMP The new-look Anchor Ground where Darwen play REVAMP The new-look Anchor Ground where Darwen play

BOSSES at AFC Darwen has spent £90,000 revamping its ground in the hope of ‘getting the community involved’.

Since work began in July 2012, the clubhouse has been refurbished and facilities updated to make them fully accessible to disabled people.

The frontside of the building in Anchor Road has been demolished and rebuilt and turnstiles have been installed.

Access ramps, gates and disabled toilets will allow people with physical disabilities to much more easily navigate the ground.

Chairman Jack Lord said: “We’ve spent an awful lot of money on the improvements.

“It’s a bit of a gamble, but at the end of the day we want to get the community involved and we’ve made it a really nice place for local people to come.”

Before taking his role at Darwen AFC a year ago, Mr Lord worked managing deaf and mute sports clubs around Blackburn, and was heartened by the experience.

He said: “Disabled people are crying out for something to do on a Saturday afternoon and aren’t properly catered for.

“Things have improved a bit in sport since the Olympics but not as much as needs to happen and we want to play our part.”

Disabled people who attend matches will not be charged as long as they are accompanied by an able-bodied supporter.

Funds were raised for the project with donations from the club owners, Ken Langford Builders, committee members, Blackburn Rovers’ sponsor WEC Group and raffles, while Darwen Town Council lended logistical support.

Mr Lord said: “I brought all the committee members in last year and we all decided this was the right thing to do.

“It is very much a team effort on every level of the club.

“You can’t run something like this unless everyone does their own bit.

“It’s been a very big project. We did everything we could to raise the money.

“The final thing to go up is the floodlights. It’s going to look really nice when it’s all finished.”

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1:53pm Fri 11 Jan 13

makaveli96 says...

The solution here is simple:

1) People who are born and bred in Darwen should support AFC Darwen (not Blackburn Rovers). Your disrecpting your town and this historic club

2) Young McKay (from the reserves 2 years ago) should be forgiven for pushing the ref and reinstated into the first team (possibly captain)
The solution here is simple: 1) People who are born and bred in Darwen should support AFC Darwen (not Blackburn Rovers). Your disrecpting your town and this historic club 2) Young McKay (from the reserves 2 years ago) should be forgiven for pushing the ref and reinstated into the first team (possibly captain) makaveli96
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3:01pm Sat 12 Jan 13

Ian the Beancounter says...

There is no doubt that the whole set-up is looking fantastic! And the football is also of a high standard as witnessed by the fact that we're top of the league at present. As the crowds are getting bigger, the atmosphere is getting even better than it was. The only niggle is the number of games postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Can nothing be done to improve drainage? (I appreciate the the ground is owned by BwD Council, so perhaps that question should be aimed at them!)

With regard to makaveli's comment about Darreners supporting Blackburn Rovers, I have not been to a Rovers game since I was 10 years old - I'm now 58! The players at Darwen play for enjoyment and pride - not money - which makes for a much more entertaining game.
There is no doubt that the whole set-up is looking fantastic! And the football is also of a high standard as witnessed by the fact that we're top of the league at present. As the crowds are getting bigger, the atmosphere is getting even better than it was. The only niggle is the number of games postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Can nothing be done to improve drainage? (I appreciate the the ground is owned by BwD Council, so perhaps that question should be aimed at them!) With regard to makaveli's comment about Darreners supporting Blackburn Rovers, I have not been to a Rovers game since I was 10 years old - I'm now 58! The players at Darwen play for enjoyment and pride - not money - which makes for a much more entertaining game. Ian the Beancounter
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9:17am Sun 13 Jan 13

mrslums says...

More than likely raised the money buy keeping people's deposits for party's an denying they took it off them ! A week before the party's supposed to happen ........
More than likely raised the money buy keeping people's deposits for party's an denying they took it off them ! A week before the party's supposed to happen ........ mrslums
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