Stevenage FC: Your club needs you as Boro call for associate directors

PUBLISHED: 10:38 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:01 10 January 2018

An artist's impression of the new Stevenage North Stand. Picture: Stevenage FC

An artist's impression of the new Stevenage North Stand. Picture: Stevenage FC

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Stevenage FC has issued an appeal for people and businesses to join the club at associate director level.

Ben Wilmot of Stevenage goes close against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Ben Wilmot of Stevenage goes close against Reading (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The League Two club has been owned by Phil Wallace for 18 years and he remains committed to Stevenage FC but says it is time for others to join them to fulfil the club’s agenda.

Wallace’s long term goals are a push for promotion through the leagues and enhanced player development at its exceptional academy which saw five former and present talented teenagers from its ranks feature in the squad for the prestigious FA Cup third round match against Reading on Saturday.

The small but active main board of Phil Wallace, Stuart Dinsey and Marcus Taverner QC are inviting individuals and businesses to come forward and participate in the club’s evolution.

The club led the way last summer with English football’s biggest ever crowd-funding initiative, supported by Gianluca Vialli, raised £600,000 towards stadium development and the club is gaining ever more admirers for its ever-growing youth academy.

Fans look on from the North Terrace on its final matchday. Picture: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo Fans look on from the North Terrace on its final matchday. Picture: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Wallace told CometSport: “With the new North Stand going up this year, we will have a modern 8,000 capacity stadium, a fantastic youth scheme and Championship standard training facilities.

“We are a stable, financially sound club less than 30 minutes from London, with income streams coming from a variety of off-the-pitch investments we have made into the club over the years.

“But to consistently win league and cup games at this level and create momentum within our supporter base, we need to break through the glass ceiling of a low to average playing budget.

“We need to either find significant new money from a third party, have a lucrative cup run or gain windfalls from player sales. We need to be able to keep hold of our best players, develop and improve them, resist early bids from the next level and put real long term value into them, both in terms of transfer fees and player wages.

Reading boss Jaap Stam praised Stevenage. Pictured during the first match. Credit Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo Reading boss Jaap Stam praised Stevenage. Pictured during the first match. Credit Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

“We need more people, local or otherwise, to contribute and get involved financially.”

Individuals can start as an associate director and just enjoy the match day experiences with family and/or clients, or apply to join the full board in time.

Wallace added: “We know from our years in League One that we can develop player value and give our fans greater enjoyment from a higher league position.”

To learn more contact Stuart Dinsey at stuart.dinsey@curve-digital.com

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