Valerie writes to Football Association Chairman on the future of Darlaston Town FC

Valerie has written to the Chairman of the Football Association Greg Dyke asking what assistance can be provided to re-establish Darlaston Town Football Club after it was closed at the start of the 2013/14 season.

Valerie said:

“Darlaston Town FC has been an important part of the community in Darlaston for well over a century, having been founded in 1874. It is a vital community asset and is central to the local identity of Darlaston. I welcome the decision by supporters to re-register the Club with the Birmingham FA and to look to raise £5,000 so that the Club can compete again next year.”

“I have written to the Chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, asking him for a meeting to discuss the situation. I support Mr Dyke’s recent comments about the importance of ensuring that home-grown players reach the highest levels of the game. In my view, grass-roots clubs can play a crucial role in achieving this aim and it is vital the FA offers appropriate support”.

“I hope that the Club can now be re-established and go on to achieve great success in the Future.”