Village united as football comes home for Shawbury
Football’s coming home for Shawbury, and the village is getting behind its team as it prepares to build a new ground.
Shawbury United has been gifted land by local businessman Gerard Verdino to build a new facility featuring five football pitches, a training area and a club house.
The club, which has 240 players in junior and senior teams, including a first team which competes in the West Midlands Premier League, has been inundated with offers to help since announcing the news.
The juniors teams have been playing at various locations in the village, while the senior side has been playing at Ludlow after around 20 years in Wem.
The move will bring the club together onto one site on the field next to Shropshire Pig and Poultry Centre off the A53.
Dave Richards, club chairman, said: “It’s very exciting. The support has been really positive from the village and everyone wants to help.”
The club will be looking to put on fundraising events to help gather an initial £20,000 for the project.