Consortium working hard for a new image

The new-look Tulips Social Club
The new-look Tulips Social Club
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The second major project instigated by Spalding United’s new controlling consortium swung into action over the weekend.

After two days of toil, the efforts of a work party were visible for all to see with the fascia of the Tulips’ Social Club given a much-needed facelift.

Gone is the deteriorating front wall with sparkling white cladding and new windows replacing it. This is the initial stage of a total refurbishment of the building.

Fellow club directors, Andrew Gay (interim chairman) and Peter Semmence – who were the driving force behind the consortium’s first project, the building of the new 120-person covered spectator enclosure just before the end of last season – were again present, along with a band of volunteer workers, with shirt sleeves rolled up as work got under way on Friday.

Mr Gay said: “The consortium is working hard behind the scenes to give the football club a bright new image, one to be enjoyed by the community at large.

“We fully intend to become a totally endorsed community club. Our current project with the clubroom refurbishment will be there for everyone to enjoy.”

Saturday morning saw the beginning of the major structural work on the social club begin under the expert guidance of under-9s team manager Chris Maplethorpe.

By the end of the day the whole front of the portable building had been “ripped out” and replaced, giving the building a completely new look.

“Work on the club is ongoing with internal decoration to follow,” added Mr Gay.

“Although the consortium as a group have been quiet after taking over the reins of the football club, they have taken the bull by the horns and are working extremely hard behind the scenes.

“One of their targets is the provision of a centralised playing area for our ever-expanding youth section.

“They are looking for a piece of land which can be grassed and turned into a multi-pitch facility.

“At present our youth teams, which currently stand at 17, from under-7 to under-18, are spread over the district, not an ideal situation.

“If there is anyone out there who knows of such an area of land within easy reach of Spalding, then we ask them to get in touch. Also, we would also welcome more people to come on board and help the development of the club.”