Over the course of the lockdown period and football subsequently taking a backseat in terms of on the field matters, as a club we have used the time wisely to ensure every area of the club is formed on a solid foundation in which to push forward.
As part of this, a football committee has been assembled to lead the charge on football matters inclusive of all senior and youth teams. Chaired by Kevin White – Dan Brownlie, Nathan Cookson, Mike Gilham, Aaron Nicholson and Brian Strange have been meeting on a weekly basis to establish a club culture, identity and action points to help improve the development of football at the club. As a very quick introduction, Brian Strange has joined the committee – Brain is not only a fan but has been very active in Football around the local area and has a great level of understanding of junior teams and players.
“I’ve been really impressed with the passion and enthusiasm of everyone involved” said Mens First Team manager Dan Brownlie, “The meetings have been really purposeful and we are already starting to see the benefits come to fruition. We’ve held meetings with all our junior coaches, and created some well thought out, meaningful short and long term objectives to establish ourselves as the premium provider of Sport in the area.”
“We have a real opportunity now. The club has finally been allowed to find its feet after a turbulent few years. What we are installing now will provide the blue-print for generations of local players and the club culture as a whole. We are not trying to reinvent the wheel, it’s more about creating player focussed processes and overhauling the culture and standards of the club. We want Basingstoke Town players to be the beacon of professionalism where our club badge is seen as a stamp of undoubted approval with a level of quality, highly driven standards and character yet never to the sacrifice of enjoyment.”
“The coaches have completly bought into the idea and we have further plans in place to make this a player led initiative. I’ve been really impressed by the clubs commitment to detail and providing a platform to truly move forward as a club. Our junior sides are pivotal to my long term plans, but ultimately these plans and objectives we hope will go far beyond my time. Whilst I plan on being here for the foreseeable future and helping this great club back to its former glory and creating new history and records of our own – but we understand that we have a responsibility to ensure that we give the Borough of Basingstoke a provision of real quality football.”
The Junior teams returned to action last weekend as grassroots football were granted permission to get back underway since lockdown measures were eased.