Community Spirit High at Celtic

Established in 1934, Barrow Celtic, one of South Cumbria’s oldest football clubs, are close to the end of a construction project that has been 5 years in the making at their Newby Terrace home.

The new community facility has been planned to provide a safe, warm, free-to-use “hub’ for all Celtics Junior and senior teams as well as various other local community groups and charities. It will include a communal multi-functional area, kitchen and toilets.

Although a fairly basic construction, this facility will provide a small source of income through food and drinks sales before, during and after football matches and training sessions. This will allow the club to purchase improved training equipment as well as maintaining the safety and security of the site.

In addition, the facility will be offered up for a small fee to local community groups and charities in a community that has a shortage of alternative venues.

Also part of the project were the much needed refurbishment of the club’s changing facilities which were revamped just two years ago.

The total project cost is currently sitting at £70,200 with the club putting in £20,000 alongside various grant’s from the generosity of Orsted, FCC, Cumbria CC, Barrow BC, Francis C Scott Trust and Sir John Fisher Foundation accumulating £50,200.

The other raised funds are down to the financial management of the club and the success of the club’s “100 Club”. Due to the generous support from everyone involved, The draw has now been running for 39 Months having raised around £11,000 for the club and given out £13,640 in prize money.

All this has been organised by the clubs community of volunteers Mike McParland, Peter McParland, Paul Hunt, Carl Brown, Gary While & Bethan Roberts.

To assist with the final part of the project the club are looking to the local community for help. Membership of the “100 club” is available by emailing barrowceltic.100club@gmail.com for more details.

The club have set up a crowd funder page set up which is aiming to raise funds to install security at the site along with furnishing the communal area. You can donate by clicking here.

Pictures courtesy of Barrow Celtic

Written By
Neil Park

Neil Park

Amateur Football Editor

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