Louth Old Boys set sights on senior Lincolnshire League

Sports Club of the Year sponsored by Giant Lincoln:'Winner: Louth Old Boys Football Club'Runners up: Louth Triathlon Club and Sleaford Barge & Bottle Netball Club''Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2015.''Picture: Jane Harrison/Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.'Date: November 5, 2015 EMN-151211-122631002
Sports Club of the Year sponsored by Giant Lincoln:'Winner: Louth Old Boys Football Club'Runners up: Louth Triathlon Club and Sleaford Barge & Bottle Netball Club''Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2015.''Picture: Jane Harrison/Chris Vaughan Photography for Lincolnshire Sport.'Date: November 5, 2015 EMN-151211-122631002
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Fresh from winning a county award last week, Louth Old Boys FC chairman Ewan Findlay insists there are goals still to be achieved.

The volunteer-run club were jubilant after being named Sports Club of the Year at the Lincolnshire Sports Awards.

Now, the ambitious club’s senior sides have promotion in their sights as they bid for a place in the Lincolnshire Football League for next season.

The team were strengthened at the start of the campaign by several Louth Town players following the club’s demise, and are currently fourth in the East Lincs Combination Premier.

But Findlay insists there are practical off-the-pitch criteria to meet before on-field ambitions can be met.

“We still have further plans for growth next year,” he said. “Our ambition is to develop further the focused and well-managed senior sector into the higher Lincs League in 2016.

“To achieve this we will need another pitch and certainly a good sponsor or two!”

The club, which was established in 1977, has been one of the area’s sporting success stories in recent times, expanding from 10 to 22 teams over the last five years.

It field teams at all ages from under 6s through to seniors, junior girls and ladies, all playing league football.

The Old Boys currently boast more than 300 members and was awarded FA Charter Standard Community status.

Findlay added: “My ambition was always to expand the club to achieve FA Community Standards which has placed us in the top 10 per cent of clubs in the UK.

“This award has been achieved with the help of the FA as well as a focused development plan.”

The club has raised more than £5,500 over the last four years for the air ambulance, and also supports the Louth Lions in their charity work.

This community work was an extra factor in swaying the Lincolnshire Sports Awards judges as was the development of their annual five-a-side competition into one of the biggest in the county.

The funds raised from this event help towards the under 15s yearly trip to La Ferte Bernard, Louth’s twin town in France.

“This award reflects the work and commitment we all deliver,” the chairman said.

“It is a fantastic achievement for Louth Old Boys, and for the town of Louth to be able offer such a fantastic club and facilities.

“I would like to thank all of the committee members, our team managers, helpers, supporters and sponsors who all contribute to the success of the club.

“Also thanks go to Magna Vitae, the managers of our home ground, London Road who offer us arguably the best facilities in Lincolnshire.”