The Ryman Football League
Published 18th June 2012
.....news for Herne Bay last week both on and off the pitch. Firstly manager Simon Halsey confirmed that, following discussions with a number of players, Ben Brown, goalkeeper Dan Eason, Danny Lawrence, Rhys Lawson and the Turner twins James and Michael have all re-signed for the Winch's Field outfit.
"Everyone was a little bit worried that people hadn't re-signed but I had no fears," said Bay boss Halsey. "As far as I'm concerned everything is going very smoothly and this is great news for the club.
"All six did exceptionally well for the club last season and I am very pleased they will all be a big part of our Ryman League plans.
"I'm really excited and really happy with the way things are going."
Halsey also confirmed that while he is hoping to retain the nucleus of the squad that last season stormed to the Kent Hurlimann League title and reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase, he is looking to make new additions.
He said: "I am very busy at the moment talking to a lot of players, old and new, to ensure we have the right squad of players for our new league campaign."
There was another big boost for the Bay when they were awarded a £5,000 `Grow the Game` grant by the Football Foundation charity.
The club will use some of the money to start-up a ladies team, due to be launched next month, and also to form a disabled men's side, scheduled for some time early next year.
Ronald Boddy, Bay's commercial manager, was delighted with the award. He said: "We are extremely pleased to receive this grant from the Football Foundation. It has provided us with the financial support to go ahead with our plans to develop the community aspirations of the club."
Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, added: "I congratulate Herne Bay Football Club CIC for receiving this Grow the Game grant, which will increase sport participation and support football development in the region.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kent Football Association for their help in making this happen."