CHARD United Football Club are looking to raise £80,000 to fund a 20-year-old project that would benefit the team and “the whole community”.

The club is currently raising funds through a series of initiatives to get new changing facilities.

Steve Scriven, chairman of the club, said the club has been trying to reach that goal for 20 years and also said the whole town could benefit from the upgrade.

He said: “We are fundraising for new changing facilities and we have been trying to get these for 20 years.

“I have been personally involved for 15 years. We have been literally begging and borrowing. We used other sports clubs changing facilities, at the rugby club or cricket club.

“We are raising as much as we can and we have reached £1,500. We have just really started fundraising as we have had backing from South Somerset Council. If it doesn’t happen now, it never will.

Mr Scriven also said the money raised will benefit both the club and the town with its community as “everyone can use it”.

He added: “I can’t express how much impact this will have on the town of Chard. Once we get the facilities, we can start women teams and youth teams. We can attract people.

“It’s not just about the club, as much as we need it. It’s for the whole community, everyone can use it.”

Recently, the club raised funds with a Santa’s Grotto and with a fancy dress charity walk.

Part of the funds raised through the walk was donated to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

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Chard United FC during the nacy dress charity walk