Eastwood Community FC chairman Steve Yardley has expressed his delight that progress on the pitch is now matching that being made off of it as the new club’s first ever season nears its end.
Having been formed in July, the club inherited Coronation Park from the defunct Eastwood Town FC but struggled to find form in the Central Midlands League until the new year, since when they have begun to pick up wins and climb the table.
And Yardley believes the patience is now beginning to pay off.
He said: “We knew it would take time. At first, there weren’t the players available as most were at other clubs so we had to go local and struggled as a result.
“The ladies and veterans teams were already formed and playing under different guises but the first team was created completely from scratch.
“Paul MacFarland came in as manager and things slowly started to improve, and now, having used around 90 players all season, the squad seems far more settled and we’re delighted to be picking up points.”
Off the field, the Coronation Park social club continues to host several events each week, with Yardley explaining community feedback is playing a big part.
He said: “We have a monthly family disco and also run bingo nights as well as catering for other functions like weddings, funerals and business meetings and also showing live football on the big screen, including Forest and Derby games.
“But we’ve also spoken to the wider community about what they’d like to see there and as a direct result of that we’ll be hosting a family fun day on Easter Sunday.
“It’s a great facility and having refurbished one of the rooms we’re also now looking at a thorough refurbishment of the bigger room too, so the venue will be even more appealing.
“On and off the pitch things are now moving along really well and we expect that to continue in the future.”