The Committee’s of Wivenhoe Town Football Club (WTFC) and Wivenhoe Youth Football Club (WYFC) would like to thank the public for their overwhelming support in what has been a very difficult time for everyone, not just the players and supporters but those who have invested so much time and effort over the years to keep the clubs going, not to mention the kids who benefit from using the site. However, having read the Trustees statement that it would not entertain any new deal with the current committee of WTFC both clubs felt disappointed in the Trustees attitude but were not at all surprised. Relations between WTFC became strained when the Trust was given a £16,000 donation from Yakult, which, to this day has not been officially accounted for. Relations between the current committee of WTFC became strained when they challenged the Trustees to open their books up and come clean. WTFC’s requests were ignored and nobody knows where the money has gone. One Trustee resigned over the issue saying he was not happy with what had happened with the donation.
Notwithstanding the above, both WTFC and WYFC would welcome any attempts to mediate the issues between the parties in order to bring a successful resolution for the long term future of both clubs who provide football within the local area for both kids and adults alike. Doubtless the current Trustees will resist any attempts for the club to survive and we felt it only right to put the following offer on the table and into the public domain in the hope that Colchester Borough Council will intervene.
“The site that WYFC occupy is owned by them outright and the two clubs have worked to forge a very good working relationship with each other. The site that WTFC occupies has its own independent title number at Land Registry and the proposal is that Colchester Borough Council take that parcel of land out of the current Lease and grant a long term Lease direct to the club. In return the club will pay the outstanding Trust rent that is due for year just passed and the Council’s reasonable legal fees. If as the Trustees have openly said that they can no longer work with the current committee then we see this offer as a no brainer for all concerned, the club would have its independence and the Trust could continue managing the remaining land outside the stadium.
Mr Carl Callan Chairman of Wivenhoe Town Football Club said:-
“We believe the offer to grant the club a long Lease would allow the club to bring on board investors who were prepared to put money into the site last year but would not deal with the Trustees. It would allow the site to be developed into something that all the people within the area would be proud of. Of course we would still continue to make the facilities available for hire as we have done in the past and believe that this is a suitable compromise for every one to move forward with.”
Mrs Caroline Short of Chair of Wivenhoe Youth Football Club said:-
“To say our relationship with the current Trustees has become frustrating would be an understatement. For this reason the Youth club will be pulling out of all involvement with the Trust in its current form. The club owns its own land and we have had great support from all our supporters keen to develop their own independence and clubhouse. Obviously the preferred option would be for Town to be granted its own Lease in order for both clubs to continue working together and sharing facilities but if no compromise can be found the Youth club will go it alone. We feel that the current Trustees have done nothing for the site and we are of course concerned about the missing £16,000 from Yakult.”