Pelsall Villa FC ‘in danger of collapse’

Pelsall Villa Football Club is facing collapse unless it can find new committee members to take charge, it has been warned.Pelsall_Villa_F.C._logo

Committee member Mark Bentley said unless new volunteers could be found soon to help with the running of the club, there was a danger that the 116-year-old club could be wound up.

A meeting is being held next month (June) to discuss its future.

“It would be a real shame to see 116 years of history disappear and winding up the club is very much a last resort but there just aren’t enough people at the moment to run it,” he said. “We are governed by FA rules and need people in place to help run it.”

Mark said that the club, whose first team plays in the Midland Combination Premier Division, will struggle to continue next season because chairman Shaun Mason is standing down. Mark is unlikely to be able to take the role because of work commitments.

For the past 14 years, Shaun and Mark, both former players, have undertaken the majority of the work at the club between them, including chair, secretary, treasurer, and groundsmen.

“We need fresh people with new ideas to come in and help us, whether it’s for 10 minutes a week, an hour a week or if they can commit to more,” said Mark.

“There is a lot of interest in the club and we’ve no problem getting players; I’m always seeing people who ask how we are getting on but we’d love to see some of them play a more active role.”

The children’s teams, which comprise the under 8s, 12s, and 14s, would not be affected because they run independently.

A meeting is being held at The Bush pub, Walsall Road, on June 12 at 7.30pm.

Anyone is welcome to attend and volunteer their services to help the club survive.

For more details, telephone Mark Bentley on 07595 457353 or email: markbentley1@sky.com

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