Sporting boost for Kettering as motion to work with Poppies is passed

Kettering Town's former home has become overgrown since the club left it several years ago

Kettering Town's former home has become overgrown since the club left it several years ago

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Kettering Council has agreed to work closely with the town’s sporting teams – including Kettering Town – to help them realise their aspirations.

A debate about the future of sport in the borough was held during the authority’s full council meeting last night (Wednesday, July 15).

Although ostensibly about the provision of sporting facilities in the borough, the debate also included a reference to working closely with the area’s sports clubs such as the Poppies, who are hoping to find a new home within the town.

Kettering Town have been forced to play their home games at other stadiums since leaving their Rockingham Road home several years ago and they currently share Latimer Park with Burton Park Wanderers.

Kettering councillor Michael Brown secured last night’s debate.

The motion, which councillors approved, stated: “This motion recognises the enormous contribution local sporting organisations make to our Borough.

“An active society is a healthy society, thus this motion wishes to endorse the majority group’s Manifesto commitment to the Borough.

“In particular we aim to regenerate some of our older leisure facilities and also to work more closely with our local sporting teams, to help them realise their own aspirations and future success within their home towns/villages.”

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Brown said: “We got the motion through with full unanimous support. Some good speeches from members of the public.

“The challenge is now to get the motion put into practice and to keep highlighting the Poppies coming home at Kettering Council – however long it takes.”