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Family’s ‘love of football’ set to bring facilities back to Baldock

PUBLISHED: 07:02 07 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:14 07 March 2019

The Buffs Football Club partner Massimo Cierzo with 
Baldock district councillor Michael Muir at the clubhouse which is undergoing refurbishment. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Buffs Football Club partner Massimo Cierzo with Baldock district councillor Michael Muir at the clubhouse which is undergoing refurbishment. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A Baldock family has secured the lease for the old football club site in a bid to bring a place for senior men’s football back to the town.

The Buffs Football Club partner Massimo Cierzo at the clubhouse which is undergoing refurbishment. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs Football Club partner Massimo Cierzo at the clubhouse which is undergoing refurbishment. Picture: DANNY LOO

Massimo Cierzo, along with his wife Tracey and daughter Rebecca, are funding the refurbishment of the club – which will be the new home to Baldock Templars, soon to become The Buffs.

Massimo hopes to see the return of weekend games and team training on the pitch near Clothall Common.

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

Baldock Town FC currently play at Arlesey Town’s ground in Hitchin Road, having not played in the town for a number of years.

Builder Massimo told said: “The work has started, we’ve stripped it completely. We will be changing the roof as well which is quite a big project.

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We were interested in taking it over about 10 years ago and we were going to buy the lease, but it never happened. But, last January, we were contacted again and were asked if we were still interested.

“My wife said to me ‘you can’t keep building and it’s something that you love’, so we decided to go for it.

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

“Now we’ve secured a 25-year lease with North Herts District Council, and volunteers came in and helped strip everything. We now need trades people.

“We are funding it as a family, me, my wife and my daughter are a partnership, and it’s my love of football that’s brought us to this.

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

“There was a football pitch, changing rooms, showers, function room and a bar and we just want to bring it back.

“I run the men’s Baldock Templars – which will become The Buffs Club when the new base is ready.

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

“The building will be a base for our team, but we will also be inviting other teams to use the space.

“We’re hoping to put some smaller pitches around the area to get Baldock Youth involved.”

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

Councillor David Barnard, NHDC’s executive member for leisure, said: “The council is pleased to have leased Bakers Pavilion and clubhouse to a local family who put forward a plan for refurbishing the facilities.
“They are investing their own money to restore it, providing the local community with the facilities they require, as well as a space for the wider community to utilise for functions.”

Baldock Town ward councillor Michael Muir has been involved in the project. He told the Comet: “I’ve been a supporter of this for many years, to get football back on the premises and back into Baldock.

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

“What they’re doing is great. Originally the council wanted to pull that building down, as there wasn’t any interest in it from the various groups they approached. Us Baldock councillors said they’ve got to try again to find someone and Massimo came up with a scheme that the council accepted.

“I wish him every success and I’m confident he will pull it off.”

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOOThe Buffs FC clubhouse under renovation. Picture: DANNY LOO

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