A NEW committee has been formed to help Wraysbury Village Football Club work alongside the Parish Council in a bid to end their long-standing financial problems.

At a council meeting, the committee was announced and leading the charge is Mark Foster, who wants the club to become a bigger part of the community.

He said: “We’ve started this new committee that wants to help the club progress. Our aim is to have a club that is more part of the community.

“We want it to be a more diverse organisation that works well with the village. We want to increase the presence, we’re looking at adding a seniors team, a women’s team and growing our place in the community.

“It’s important that people know we now have better dialogue with the Parish Council, they are being very supportive.

“One or two people were going about it the wrong way before and criticising them, but we’ve got better communication with them now and they want to work with us and support us.”

The Parish Council has spoken out with praise over Foster’s efforts to try and resolve an issue that has been a problem for quite some time.

Council chairman Margaret Lenton said: “We have enormous gratitude for Mark and for councillor Andy Moran for working so hard on this.

“We want a football team that provides opportunities for both young males and females in the community, that is run properly and is transparent with its finances.

“We are very supportive of the team and very pleased to see someone come in, grab the nettle and try to sort out this issue which has been rumbling on for quite some time.

“It’s only the start but we hope it will be the start of the end of this problem.”