Eleven volunteers turned up for the inaugural meeting organised by Nuneaton Borough Supporters’ Co-operative. One of the volunteers, Mickey Moore, has already been helping the club for a number of years and was pleased to welcome and encourage the ‘new boys and girl’.
A short meeting was held for the volunteers to meet up with Club Secretary Adam Etheridge, Multitasker Carly Morrey and groundsmen Phil and Barry. They were able to explain the challenges they face and what assistance/support was required.
Work then commenced with two volunteers helping Carly with a kitchen clean up. Others undertook ground work, including a litter pick, recycling many items scattered around the perimeter of the ground and pruning around the Memorial Garden area. Not really fair to single out volunteers but acknowledgement must go to Gordon Chetwynd who used his trade skills to replace worn tiles in the Sports Bar ladies toilet and Derek Warren who transported numerous waste items to Judkins Recycling Centre having already completed his three hour shift.
Adam Etheridge said “it’s been a hard slog over the past few months but seeing the turnout today and the amount of work that the volunteers got through was a real encouragement. It’s so rewarding to see that there are people out there who feel the same way that we do, that are desperate to see the Club succeed and are willing to give their own time to help out. We can’t thank the Co-op and the volunteers enough for putting this together.”
Promise of future help has been received from a number of others who presently have holiday booked. Some can’t make Tuesdays but will undertake a Wednesday morning shift, indeed a Sunday team has been mooted by those unable to attend on weekdays due to work commitments.
One of today’s volunteers has offered his services to Adam to assist with a few outstanding computer technical issues. Accordingly, future groups will focus on in house cleaning/maintenance and groundwork. We will still welcome further volunteers who can assist with the challenges faced in this respect and enjoy the camaraderie of like minded Boro’ supporters.
Next weeks tasks include -Painting and deep clean of kitchen. Replacing broken step at the bottom of main stand stairs, repair broken fencing at players entrance, maintenance of memorial garden and general groundwork.
Looking ahead, two major tasks facing the team will be to clear surplus items/furniture from rooms and corridors and also replacing damaged fencing around the perimeter of the ground. In this respect the group would welcome assistance of the provision of a skip for a couple of weeks and also a supply of marine plywood. As a volunteer group no funding is available, however, suitable publicity will be given, indeed a sponsorship deal with the club may be available to offset some cost