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Romford submit plans for Westlands ground

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 June 2018

Delight for Romford Chairman Steve Gardener (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Delight for Romford Chairman Steve Gardener (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Romford have submitted plans for a move home to Westlands Playing Fields, writes Jacob Ranson.

Boro will play their 2018/19 Bostik North matches at East Thurrock United’s Rookery Hill as part of a new groundshare agreed a few months ago, but the club is hoping they can have some positive news in the coming weeks and be granted planning permission.

Chairman Steve Gardener confirmed it feels like the move to a new 3G community facility is edging closer after someone agreed to pay the application fee while the club raises the money.

“The fundraising online has gone really well. We’ve reached our initial target of £2,000 but the bill was £4,500, so we’re still going ahead with fundraising and see how far we can get.

“I would like to thank the generosity of the supporters and the general public for not only donating but also making some lovely comments about how nice it would be to see Romford back home again.

“We will now hear back in the next 12 weeks or so about our plans.”

Gardener and vice-chairman Colin Ewenson are going to devote as much time as is practical this coming season to push the Westlands project as they feel it is fundamental not only for the progression of the club, but it’s survival.

That means bringing in sponsorship and advertisement money ahead of the move back to the borough of Havering.

“We’re looking for local organisations and companies to get on board now with sponsorships so when we move into Westlands we have all of them already there,” added Gardener.

“There is also a drive towards getting advertising in the programme and there will be a new business card size slot for £30.”

The club are looking to bring more people in to help, especially with marketing and social media, and are keen to start a TV channel.

“A lot of clubs are doing fan TV channels now and are doing highlights of the game and other clubs are doing interviews before and after the game,” he added.

“That’s where we want to take it, but we need people who are interested in getting a job in the media. If there is anyone out there that want to get involved with the club by filming, doing interviews, match reports or anything we’d love to hear from them.”

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