Supporters of Whitby Town Football Club and the people of Whitby are invited to an open night on Friday 2 November to see the exciting plans for the club going forward, which were approved by the full members at a meeting on Monday evening.
The open night will take place at the Turnbull Ground, starting at 5pm and running until 9pm. Between 5pm-7.30pm, supporters will get a chance to meet the new chairman, take a look at a number of plans for the club in detail and get a feel for any new faces involved.
From 7:30pm there will be a full and detailed presentation of how the new structure of the club will look and operate, including a look at the club’s new charity, the Whitby Town FC Foundation, and how that will operate, as well as who will be behind the newly-created investors board, and what their aims for the club are.
The presentation will then be followed by a question and answer session with the team behind it, giving the supporters a chance to get to know the new regime.
The club would love to hear from its existing volunteers on the night, as well as any potential new volunteers, to see where you feel you could help us out, be it in a new role or the same role.
The investors board will be made up of business professionals and has been created to stabilise the club, and get it back to where it should be off the field after a number of years struggling financially.
The board will also bring a whole new vision to the Turnbull Ground, centred around the supporters and community engagement, working with all groups to truly make it the town’s football club.
The new team has been working hard behind the scenes for a number of months, working to re-engage young supporters and the local community, with the introduction of the Under-18s Supporters’ Club and the Seasiders Club, which handed out free season tickets to school children across the area.
Whitby Town has always been a supporter-driven and member-owned football club, and will continue to be so. The incoming team really wish to enhance that. Meetings have taken place with supporter-run clubs across the country, including one with Motherwell last week to help establish a structure where the fans can truly have a say on matters relating to the club. More details on the outcome of these meetings will be available at the Open Day.
The team sees the community as an integral part of its plans going forward, as it looks to build a structure within the club that can lead up the first-team.
Part of this is the formation of a new club charity, the Whitby Town FC Foundation, which has already announced its first venture – the Whitby Town FC Soccer School, headed up by player-coach David McTiernan. This will bring top-quality football coaching to the Whitby area, and help the club truly re-engage with the community.
There is also investment planned to upgrade the clubhouse and club facilities, to create a better match day experience for supporters and open it up to the wider public through the week.
Plans for the clubhouse include a full refurbishment of the bar area, and the installation of disabled toilets within the facility.