New chairman Mills aiming to continue Walsham’s good work

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Keith Mills is aiming to help continue the good work at Walsham-le-Willows after being appointed their new chairman.

Long-serving chairman Mike Powles stepped down from the role last month, deciding to work on developing other sports at the club’s Summer Road home.

Mills — who owns Bury St Edmunds-based company Days Sports — admitted his appointment as chairman was initially unexpected.

“The club approached me a month ago about the position,” he said. “I was surprised. It came out of the blue.

“I had a couple of meetings with them, and with my background in sport and not being able to play so much now, I thought it was a better time to do my bit this way.

“I’ll be overseeing that everything is done properly and hopefully help continue the good work that Walsham is doing.

“I’m pleased to be there. I’m looking forward to getting to know everybody at the club.”

The Willows have enjoyed a successful rise up the football pyramid under the watchful eye of Powles, gaining promotion from the Suffolk and Ipswich League into the Thurlow Nunn League back in 2004, before winning the Suffolk Senior Cup two years later.

Walsham won the First Division title the following year to secure promotion to the Premier Division, where they have remained since.

“There’s no hidden agenda from me,” Powles said. “I’ve been chairman for 16 years and it’s time for a change.

“I’ll still be involved at the club to develop some additional sports. The walking football has gone really well and we’re now looking to do a daytime session for retired people.

“Over the last 10-15 years the club has progressed thanks to the help of talented, committed individuals.

“It’s not just one person, I was just the figurehead. There’s a team of people working hard behind the scenes.

“I’m proud of the facilities Walsham has got. New changing rooms are about to be built and they will be there for years and years. We’re lucky to get someone with Keith’s calibre. He’ll bring fresh ideas and re-energise the club.”

For more information about the walking football sessions at Walsham, please call Powles on 07971 613933.

n Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club have been awarded £50,000 to build new changing rooms and social facilities to accommodate growing demand and expand the breadth of sports and activities they provide.

The club is among 149 project to secure a share of £16.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England that will help improve facilities and playing fields across the country.

Walsham-le-Willows club treasurer, Ian Campbell, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can provide first-class facilities for use by all of the local community.”

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