Portsmouth community football club seeks volunteers

Some of the 'volunteers' who help Baffins Milton Rovers do well in The Hampshire Puma League '(left to right) Lee Newport (46), Fred Cornish (53), Yvonne Fradgley-Smith (64) and Chris Willett (67) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141005-7874) PPP-140704-212912003

Some of the 'volunteers' who help Baffins Milton Rovers do well in The Hampshire Puma League '(left to right) Lee Newport (46), Fred Cornish (53), Yvonne Fradgley-Smith (64) and Chris Willett (67) ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (141005-7874) PPP-140704-212912003

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Baffins Milton Rovers is this year hoping to build its ground, which will let it expand and pave the way for one of its three teams to move up in the English football league.

Spokeswoman Karen Tyrrell said the club already has about 40 volunteers, and 15 to 20 more would be needed if the club wins the funds to expand.

She said: ‘If we win the money to have our own home ground we would need more volunteers to keep the grounds in good shape, help with the catering in the canteen, man the pay box and control the parking.’

Ms Tyrrell said volunteers already played a vital role at the club.

‘There are so many things to do in a football club and if it didn’t have volunteers we wouldn’t be able to run,’ she said.

Ms Tyrrell said her most important role was fundraising for the club, which she found rewarding.

She added: ‘It gives the lads an additional goal to go out there and win matches and you can see that on their faces.

‘For me it’s about giving something back to the community as well as setting an example for my daughter.’

Ms Tyrrell said the club was edging closer to its fundraising target to being able to expand by the end of the year.

‘We’ve already got £30,000 from the Cash for Communities campaign and we’ve been shortlisted for £25,000 from the Engage Mutual Foundation,’ she said.

‘If we win that, the Hampshire Football Association will match the funds, and that should be all that we need for the new home ground.

‘But our dreams will be dashed if we don’t get the money.’

Ms Tyrrell said anyone interested in volunteering should call 07824 391057.

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