Now that we are some way into the new season, I thought it would be a good opportunity to provide an update on a number of developments within the club.
On the playing front, things could hardly be better. Johno has deservedly won the Manager of the Month award for October, which is testimony both to him, his coaching team and the players. We currently sit top of the league, and hope to be in the mix at the end of the season to gain promotion.
The Board is keen to match the on-field ambition, and to ensure we have the infrastructure in place should we gain promotion. The ground criteria for Tier 2 are more stringent than Tier 3, and we are working on a number of possibilities to ensure that any playing success is not hindered by issues off the pitch. We are looking at grant opportunities to develop Treborth, but also in discussions with the City Council about Nantporth. Any move has to meet two objectives: firstly, the financial implications need to be affordable – we cannot burden the club with costs that cannot be met. Secondly, we need security of tenure. If we are to become a Tier 2 club, we need the guarantee of a 10-year commitment to play at any ground. I will provide further updates once there is greater clarity.
There has been a lot of media speculation about the events at the match against Rhyl. There is currently an-ongoing Police investigation, and North Wales Police have publically stated that they will be interviewing several players. We will obviously support any requests for information, and we will await the outcome of the investigation before making any public statements.
The club is also working to develop a range of community-based wellbeing initiatives. These will be publicised shortly, but maintain our commitment to be at the heart of the community. This programme will be enhanced through a new shared apprenticeship scheme, and we were honoured to be among only a handful of sporting clubs across Wales to be approached to apply for this prestigious programme. We are currently advertising for an apprentice, who will develop a number of the wellbeing programmes, and also work closely with Chris Jones as Head of Youth and Mel Jones as Club Manager, so that we have a greater community offer both in terms of competitive football and less structured football opportunities. If you are interested, please click on this link.
This is a very busy time for the club. Please speak to a Board member if you are interested in volunteering either on matchday or for the wellbeing activities.