The vice chairman of a football club says its relationship with the council is “strong for all the right reasons”.

Billy Hunter made the statement after the club extended its lease with Hertsmere Borough Council for an extra 25 years.

The Broughinge Road club is celebrating its 65th birthday this week and Mr Hunter said its success is largely down to its strong community focus.

He added: “To extend the lease, we have had to show the council’s executive committee what we are doing for the local area.

“I think we have showed how we attract support to the town from outside of the borough - who then spend in our high street shops, pubs and restaurants.

“Our relationship with the council is strong - and it is strong for all the right reasons.”

Over the last ten years, the club has also managed to win over £1m in grant money from the Football Foundation and the Stadia Improvement fund.

The contract will also allow the Broughinge Road club to apply for a grant from the Football Foundation towards building a new west stand at the ground.

According to Mr Hunter, the current stand is “old and decrepit” and has traces of asbestos.

Hertsmere council officials have also set aside a £70,000 grant to help the club build its new stadium.

Mr Hunter added: ““The new stand is vital because the old one is well passed its sell by date - this will allow us to continue with our sports education programs, which we are very proud of.”

The club runs an academy from its site, known as PASE, to give thriving young footballers the chance to pursue their dreams whilst getting an education at the same time.

Boys’ who take part in the scheme go on to play for England Schools, Colleges or Universities or take on football scholarships in America.