On Saturday 13th January, Princes Risborough Town Mayor and Chairman, Cllr Matthew Walsh handed over the keys to the long-awaited store, allowing Risborough Rangers a safe and secure place from which to operate each weekend.
Risborough Rangers Junior Football Club was started in 1971 and today, is one of the largest clubs in the area for boys and girls aged 5-16. With FA Charter Status, Risborough Rangers fully support the FA Respect campaign to encourage good behaviour and sportsmanship and aim to strike the right balance between improving technical skills and having fun.
Speaking on behalf of the Town Council, the Mayor paid tribute to the work carried out by Risborough Rangers FC:
“We are delighted that we are able to make this facility available. This is the first project that has been paid for by funds raised by Wycombe District Council through a levy on building new houses, allowing us to provide a greater level of support to our community groups such as Risborough Rangers. With over 70 volunteers who turn out in all weathers to support football training for local boys and girls, we are excited that they are able to benefit from this new facility.”
Accepting the keys for the new purpose-built store, Andrew Quigley, Risborough Rangers Chairman, said:
“Without the support of Princes Risborough Town Council, our club would struggle to provide the space required for so many teams – currently 25. The new storage facility that is being provided by PRTC will help with equipment storage and allow us to be up and running much more quickly and ready to work with some of the 450 boys and girls who play with us regularly. We are incredibly grateful that it has been possible to provide this vital facility.”
The new storage facility provided on the edge of Wades Park, cost £9,200 to provide and is being supplied to Risborough Rangers on a long-term lease with a peppercorn rent.