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KICK-OFF: 'Your support helps us grow'
12:00pm Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport News
"LAST season, my first in football club management, was quite a roller coaster ride.
Pre-season had gone well, we had appointed a new first team manager and director of football in Nathan Rudge and Adie Mings.
Nathan had brought in new players to the squad and the reserve team set-up (Chippenham Park) was under way.
The reasoning behind the Park initiative was to provide a pathway for local lads to play football from youth to adult and hopefully attract some of the local talent to Chippenham Town.
Results-wise, the first team had a good run-up to Christmas but went through a tough spell after Christmas and struggled with a long winless run.
With a much depleted squad though, they won the last six out of seven games and played some of their best football.
Meanwhile Park came third in Wiltshire League Premier Division and won promotion to the Toolstation League.
Park reserves finished fifth and will play this season in Wiltshire League’s Premier Division.
The running of the club has been a real eye-opener.
As a fan I had no idea how much time, effort and money it takes run a football club.
As chairman, I am extremely lucky to have a small but dedicated army of people who give so much of their time, effort and money to make this club and Chippenham Park work so well.
I also have a great board of directors, who all assist in the managing of the club and who on many occasions roll their sleeves up and get stuck in to the dirtiest of jobs.
Only saying thank you to these people never seems enough.
Financial stability is an essential part of running any business.
The football club is no different and with that in mind, to combat the ever- increasing costs of running a club, I have had to make cuts to the playing budget.
This has made Nathan’s job more challenging but together we are constantly reviewing our options and trying to make the most of what we have. I am convinced once the whole squad is fit, if we play the good football that we are capable of, we can give any team in our league a competitive game.
Good football is what the fans want to see and more supporters through the gate improves the finances, giving us the money to invest in the future of the club.
My life so far at the club has been tough at times but the good times, the laughs and the friendships make it all worth-while.
It’s a great club to be involved with, you should try it!"