Worrying times for village footballers

Woodbury Football Club could face an uncertain future after being told it must improve its ground or find a new home.

New Devon Football Association rules mean that, from 2013, the club will need to improve changing facilities at the Town Lane playing fields.

The club is hoping to fund the improvements with grants from Sport England and The Football Foundation. However, to apply for funding, the club must first secure a long-term lease.

The club is currently negotiating with the parish council about a 20-year lease for the land on which the new changing facilities would be built.

It is also looking for alternative places to play should the plan fall through.

With the grant bodies taking up to 12 months to make a decision, the club needs to have finalised its plans by next summer or it could be left homeless.

Club secretary Will Bennett said: “We are happy to remain at our ground as long as we can secure the lease.”