Council Leader meets with Guildford City FC to discuss concerns

19 May 2023

Guildford's new Liberal Democrat council leader and council officers met yesterday (18th May) with representatives from Guildford City Football Club to discuss the club's concerns about the quality of football facilities within Guildford borough.

Last month the club's manager quit citing frustrations with the facilities used by the club at the Spectrum leisure centre.

Julia McShane, Leader of Guildford Borough Council, commented saying:

"Guildford City FC is an incredibly important part of our community, and it was really helpful to meet with them to hear their concerns.

"The issues involved here are complex, and a further meeting will now be organised with Freedom Leisure (who operate Spectrum) to discuss some of the club's concerns.

"It's quite clear from discussions that there's no quick answer to resolve the facility problems the club is facing, but I'm really pleased we have been able to start a dialogue with the club today, and my priority will be making sure the dialogue continues and that Guildford Borough Council does everything it can to support local sport despite the financial pressures we're facing from government funding cuts.

"Our new Liberal Democrat administration believes in working with communities to make things better, and that's exactly what we intend to do here. It might take a little time, but we will explore all options to support Guildford City FC going forwards and I look forward to working constructively with the club to address the issues they've raised with us."