COMMENT

A club is for life not just Non-League Day

date: September 29, 2014

Non League Day With another Non-League Day behind us, how can we keep supporters coming back? Relying on a 5-4 epic sounds a little risky, so what simple things can you do that might make a difference? Here are a few ideas… Give something back. Champion Hill was the place to be over Non-League Day weekend. Dulwich Hamlet’s ‘pay what you want’ scheme, created a real carnival atmosphere and a bumper gate of almost 3,000 with al...

Do you know how good you are?

date: August 4, 2014

Untitled Perhaps it’s no surprise that the AGM comprises the standard approach to reviewing the year of a football club, and at the heart of that AGM will be a set of accounts detailing the financial performance. From club to club that process in itself can be a totally different experience. Some of that is down to size, and statutory requirement but some of that is down to the willingness of directors to explain and encourage s...

Attracting volunteers

date: August 4, 2014

volunteer As many of you reading this will know, the end of a football season often signifies when the work really begins; it’s simply a different list of jobs and which are no less vital to your clubs survival. Jobs made easier by a different type of volunteer. Whether you like it or not, the professionalization of sport hasn’t just changed the top of the football pyramid. An experienced grant fund writer, an architect or a...

“Bouncebackability” – More Than Just Football Lexicon

date: June 16, 2014

club_DEvelopment_bounceback Bouncebackability. One of those words that snuck into football, like the corridor of uncertainty. It’s a word that I think has real relevance this time of year. With the beer running dry from the end of season awards and a lull before 3 lions hits the airwaves there is an opportunity for clubs to reflect on what might have been, and prepare for next season. For those suffering relegation it may not be all bad. Take A...

Can there be a better ‘community enterprise’ than a football club?

date: June 11, 2014

bcfc_club_development I’ve spent an interesting morning being introduced to a new fund called ‘Power to Change’, which will see £150 million of Big Lottery money funding community enterprises. The fund is due to open in autumn this year, and the aim is to support local communities working together to make a difference where they live. A couple of things really struck me. Firstly can there be a better ‘community enterprise’ than a...

The Power of Transparency

date: April 9, 2014

transparency_wrexham2 Transparency in football is a funny thing. The stock response is to keep things under wraps. One of the problems with that approach is more often than not information gets out and it looks far worse from a second hand source. Take transfer embargos for example; not announced by The Football League or the Club being punished, but almost guaranteed to crop up in a press conference of any under pressure Manager. T...

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