The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 4th July 2012
....assistant Andy Reece and facilities manager Jason Lee.
The decision was made by chairman Iain Humphrey as part of a cost-cutting exercise.
The former Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland international took over at Communications Park in June 2011 following the departure of Ady Fuller.
Former Daventry United boss Darran Foster has taken over, initially on a temporary basis.
Club secretary Matt Hogsden said: “With a new three-year development plan finalised, Daventry Town FC aims to give the local community a boost by increasing the football opportunities for everyone who wants to take part. New initiatives include a mini soccer school for toddlers, a player development center, and team entries into the Midland Junior Premier League. The club also plans to implement a new strategy to increase participation from girls and players who have disabilities.
“Already holding the FA’s highest available kite mark (Charter Community Standard), the club aims to treble the amount of players taking part in football by May 2015. Its aim is to increase opportunities for any players who want to take part whilst also ensuring it has a stable pathway for those individuals who require a higher level of competition and want to further their careers. In doing this we hope to see a more natural local flow into the first-team which should in turn lead to more support from local residents.
“Some difficult decisions have been made over the past few weeks, but they have been necessary to support the future development of the club. Like any other sporting organization, it is the job of committee members to ensure that our long term strategy is supported by sufficient income streams. If annual sponsorship agreements vary from season to season, it is important that we align our expenditure accordingly. We have a large number of partners who currently show their support towards the club and we will continue to maintain all of those relationships. Hopefully as the good work the club is doing in all areas gets appreciated by the community, even more opportunities will present themselves with local company’s so that we can continue to progress the town`s football into the Football Conference.
“At this moment in time we are confident of submitting a side that can compete within the Southern League whilst giving the fans the entertaining football that they desire.
“Management changes occur in every level of football for a variety of reasons but the club is thankful to the efforts of Mark Kinsella and his team last season and wishes him all the best for the future. Darran Foster is set to take the helm for the 2012/13 season and I am sure I speak for everyone in wishing him the best of success and plenty of goals!
“We have outstanding facilities which currently accommodate weddings, seminars, and parties for all occasions, and it is with thanks to those facilities that the clubs prospects looks positive with bookings of our function suite already taking place for 2013. So many people are now involved within the club and it makes everyone that contributes, proud of what has been achieved already. The juniors, ladies and men’s sides are all supported by an enthusiastic and passionate group of volunteers, and hopefully this support network will continue to grow as we strive forward to realise our vision.”