New era plans to be shown at Whitby Town open night

Eddie McNamee took over as chairman last week and is heading up a new regime at the football club
Eddie McNamee took over as chairman last week and is heading up a new regime at the football club

Openness, transparency and honesty is the order of the new regime at Whitby Town, and the club are starting that with an open night to show off the new plans for the future at the Turnbull Ground.

The open night will take place at the Turnbull Ground on Friday November 2, starting at 5pm and running until 9pm.

Between 5pm and 7.30pm, supporters will get a chance to meet new chairman Eddie McNamee, 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 from club CEO Graeme Hinchliffe 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 changes to be discussed include the recently formed Whitby Town FC Foundation, which recently launched a Soccer School headed up by player-coach David McTiernan.

He’ll be joined by Dale Hopson and former player Shane Bland bringing high-quality football coaching for Under-Sixes to Under-12s.

Starting on November 9, sessions will take place on Friday night’s between 6pm-7pm at Caedmon Astroturf, with the first two being free.

Following the first two, sessions will be charged via a monthly direct debit of £25.

Also detailed will be plans to refurbish the clubhouse and the new investor board.

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.