Founders of a new football club in Eastwood have received a boost after it was offered a place in the Notts Senior League for the 2014/15 season.
Eastwood FC are yet to be officially affiliated to the Nottinghamshire FA but founder member Simon Matters says an offer has been made to accommodate the club in competitive football for the next campaign.
And whilst Mr Matters is still hopeful the club may be accepted at an even higher level, he is delighted at the development.
He said: “This is a season earlier than expected but had we not moved quickly, as a new club we may well have been put in the NSL’s lower divisions and therefore out of the pyramid.
“Being in the NSL Senior Division would mean we can reach the East Midlands Counties League or Northern Counties East League with one promotion, whenever that may occur.
“The fact we have been accepted into a league will I feel go in our favour when it comes to presenting our case to Broxtowe Borough Council with regard to playing at Coronation Park, which is still something we are very keen to do.
“If that can’t happen, we have explored the options of playing at other grounds in the area that fit the criteria for that level.
“There is a long way to go yet with lots of work to do, but I think the fact we have secured a definite league already and back-up venues, along with our first friendly (at Kimberley Miners Welfare on July 12) shows our intention and our commitment to the cause.”
Mr Matters was also keen to make it clear the new club has no connection at all to Eastwood Town FC, which looks set to be liquidated in due course.
He added: “We are not a takeover of Eastwood Town, we are a new club born from the demise of Eastwood Town.
“Unless someone stumps up a lot of money, the old Eastwood Town has gone, that in itself is a tragedy.
“But I want to keep football going in the town and we are well on the way to doing that with plenty of people now on board and helping in various ways.
“I want this club run by the fans, for the fans and want as many people involved as possible.
“This club is not for me but for everybody. People can either back it or not, but I hope they will and that we can bring senior football back to Eastwood and to Coronation Park.”
A meeting is expected to be held in the next fortnight where interested parties can help decide on issues such as a club nickname and colours, as well as form a committee.