Robert Halfon MP discusses Harlow Town FC pitch problem with Football Foundation
Football / Thu 15th Dec 2022 at 11:45am
Following Robert Halfon’s meeting with the Chairman and Owner of Harlow Town Football Club (HTFC) on Monday, the Harlow MP raised the major troubles the club has had with the new pitch directly with the Football Foundation to secure further support for HTFC.
Mr Halfon said: “I shared the sadness of the whole town following the news that Harlow Town FC withdrew their senior teams from their respective leagues because of serious issues with the new pitch. I am working hard with the club, and the Council, to ensure these issues are resolved and the club is given every possible support at this time.
“I met immediately with the Chairman and Owner of the club who made clear the issues are solely with the pitch and that the club continues to operate fully in respect of all its other activities. Working with the Council, I am also pleased to say that all youth team games will be able to be played on Council-owned pitches.
“During the meeting on Monday, the Club explained their hope to be able to re-lay a new pitch by March. Following this, I spoke immediately to the Football Foundation to see what technical advice and support they may be able to provide. The Football Foundation is an excellent organisation, and working with me as the MP, have agreed to help the club to get their senior teams playing again as soon as possible. Whether that be technical advice on the issues with the pitch, help with the league management or potential grant funding – should a whole new pitch be required. I am delighted that we have been able to secure this expertise and help from the Football Foundation.
“This is positive news for the Club and I will continue to do all I can to support Harlow Town FC and protect football in our town.”
This is devastating and tragic news for a long standing club with a wonderful history, I dont believe the "Owner" is serious about keeping the Club going.Passion,Commitment,Loyalty, Truthfulness, Honesty, Communication - I dont see any of this All we know is that there is an issue with the new pitch. Surely there is some guarantee/ warranty with such an expensive outlay? It can be sorted whilst alternative arrangements are made. The lack of information from the "Owner" only raises suspicions of the clubs future .It is human nature. There is always alternative solutions like ground sharing for instance.The "Owner" seems happy to withdraw the club so we have a Football Club that doesnt play football Without much information coming out it seems like there is no interest in running a football club. I dont think he is doing enough to secure the Clubs future. This is a first in football history!! Is there a profit to be made in selling it for redevelopment? Is the "Owner" still Tom Cunningham ? Is he publicity shy? What happens to all the players and staff? Do they still get paid?Are there any players left? The heart and soul of the club has just been ripped out of the Town ! I may be misreading the situation but please communicate and give us some more information and possible remedies and a future plan.What help is required to get the Club back to playing football Mr Halfon and Mr Swords I thamk you for your involvement and concern.Could you please tell us what is happening.
I agree with Penny, other clubs that have had whole grounds rebuilt don’t have to withdraw from their leagues- they ground share or play all matches away from home, not as easy as it sounds but surely must be possible?