I am not a Committee member but i can assure you that they definitely did not want to be relegated, however that is the case. We now have to be positive and try and return to The Premier Division immediately by finishing this season in a promotion position or finish as high as possible in the hope that we will be reinstated as we have the required ground grading and some clubs that are still in it do not. The FA have stated that the required ground grading MUST BE IN PLACE
BY31ST MARCH 2013 OR THOSE TEAMS WITHOUT IT WILL BE RELEGATED.
Obviously relegation is a negative for the club but there are positives to be gained from being in Division 1( step 6 in the football pyramid) which will help maintain the clubs future.
1.There are many more local derby's which will possibly mean larger gates and increased revenue.
2.There is considerably less travelling which will appeal to some good players who have recently in more local leagues because they wanted to spend more time with their families etc.
3.The large decrease in travelling expenses will obviously benefit the club in these difficult financial times.
4.Now we are step6 we qualify for increased funding from The Stadia Improvement Fund if an application for a grant is successful. See The Toolstation League Home page for more information.The main benefit to us is that we can now get funding for 70% of the project and not only 50% as it is for step 5 clubs. We still have to find 30% from other grants, and we are hoping this could be possible. Corsham Town Council have contacted us and asked how they can help the club, so we are meeting them at The Town Hall this week. We intend to take advantage of this situation and apply for grants to improve facilities at The Southbank, something we are always striving to do.
Hope this explanation helps.
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