As we head into the New Year and prepare for Phase 2 of our season, Flint Town United would like to send out a heartfelt message of thanks to our loyal fans and sponsors, who continue to support us in these financially difficult times. We, like so many other clubs, are not immune to the worsening economic climate and rising costs, and consequently we have had to take necessary remedial actions in terms of reassessing our playing budget. The Board have been working closely with manager Lee Fowler during the last few weeks to come up with a sustainable plan that satisfies both the on and off field needs of the club going forward, and they would like to express their thanks to Lee for his constructive approach in helping them work through the various issues.
As well as reducing our cost base, we are looking to improve revenue streams where possible. For example, we shall shortly be launching a new club lottery, which we would urge all of our supporters to take part in, if possible. More details will be announced in due course, but to reduce administration costs, we shall be setting it up so people can participate via Direct Debit.
As part of our “One Club” approach we have received statements from both Lee Fowler and the Board which we have been asked to share with the club’s fans.
Firstly, Lee had this to say :
“As one of the custodians of this fantastic football club it is important that I take as much care with the club off the pitch as I try to do on the pitch.
I have a great relationship with the Board and the Chairman, and appreciate the importance of the club, ensuring that it is here for years to come. That is the most important thing for me, the Board, volunteers, supporters and the community of Flint.
Given the current economic situation in the UK and indeed across the world affecting every household in the country, we as a club have to adapt to this financial climate to ensure Flint Town United remains the focal point of the community for years to come.
There will be some clubs who are willing to gamble on their own longevity, at Flint we are fortunate that we have people who put the club’s needs first, overriding any short term risky decisions.
From a footballing aspect we have had to adjust the playing squad, attempting to increase quality whilst decreasing expenditure. This is a difficult balance to achieve, however I feel that we have made some good business decisions to achieve these adjustments.
Your support in Phase 2 will be much needed, and we aim to be as competitive as we were in the first Phase, where apart from the Newtown and TNS home games, we have been evenly matched in all our other games so far this season.
In addition, the Board, through chairman Darryl Williams, have made the following statement :
“The club fully endorses the message of intent from our Manager, Lee Fowler. Both he and Iwan Williams entirely have the best interests of the club in all of their actions, in that respect they are somewhat “old school”, and because of this the club expresses its heartfelt gratitude to them both and long may this trusting relationship continue.”