Lads Club looking for a new home

A SECOND Arbroath football club is on the lookout for a new home after selling their clubrooms.

Arbroath Lads’ Club officially vacated their venue at Alexandra Place in January and the land has now been sold on.

The clubrooms had been home to the Lads’ Club since 1959 when football pitches existed close by on the Low Common, Inchcape Park and at the West Links.

But as these pitches have now disappeared making the location of the changing rooms unsuitable, the committee said it was with “great sadness” that they decided to sell the land and attempt to find a new home in the town.

Now the committee plan to meet with various local and national organisations to try and put funding in place to create a new facility which would include both full size and seven-a-side pitches.

Lads’ Club president Garry Skelly told the Herald that the organisation is in talks to gain funding and that the facility would not only help the club but the town as a whole.

He said: “The Lads’ Club has great history in the town and following the decision to sell the land, it is the current members’ role, and indeed duty, to investigate all possibilities to find appropriate facilities for the players.

“The committee will now seek discussions with various local and national organisations with regards to funding and would ideally like to create a development with several full size and seven-a-side pitches.

“This would help alleviate the chronic lack of pitches within the town and benefit the whole community.

“Any help or funding that the community could provide would be greatly appreciated and would go a long way to ensuring future generations of the town’s youngsters are able to gain as much enjoyment out of football as those of the past 60 years have.”

Thousands of club members will have passed through the doors at the clubrooms with their history dating back over 50 years since being opened by the club’s honorary president Pat Wallace.

Founding members and players joined together to construct the changing rooms themselves and worked for many months transporting and cleaning 48,000 bricks that were collected from demolished or condemned buildings in the Arbroath area.

The buildings were also used by several other clubs during the years and even became the temporary changing rooms for Arbroath FC when a fire destroyed the centre and west wing of Gayfield in the 1950s.

The Lads’ Club is the second football club in the town to begin the search for a new venue after Seaton Park, home of Arbroath Sporting Club, was deemed surplus to requirements by Angus Council.

ASC will use the pitch for another season before it is re-developed and it has been suggested social housing could be set for the site.