A Message From Ramsgate Football Club
Ramsgate's CEO, Paul Bowden-Brown's Message To The Fans.
It’s now over 8 weeks since I was asked by the club owner Richard Lawson, to come on board and manage your fine old Club as the CEO. During this time, I have had to make changes within the Club, hopefully for its benefit and it is my intention to completely restructure the operations of the club so that it becomes financially viable and stable.
Times have now gone that football Clubs have a benefactor to go to every time a bill needs to be paid and they must now be run as a business. It is my intention that we will source new revenue streams so that we can support our operations and ensure our first team manager can have the funds to challenge for promotion, which is the goal, to help us grow from strength to strength, on and off the field.
With all the changes that have or are going to be made, it will ensure that our supporters will always be an important part and I will always listen to their views, and I hope to see many of you before the match on the 29th so if you have a question come along and ask me be assured I will answer honestly be it favourable to the ear or not.
When I arrived, I bought a small team of professionals with me, at own my expense, that I had worked with previously and you may have seen them around. Ian Docker, a former professional footballer and a vastly experienced Youth coach professional and semi-professional level is my right hand man (and driver) with special responsibilities for the Youth and Academy Football, Keith Masters ex CEO of the KCFA for many years, who will be responsible for looking after the players payments and is my representative on the new Youth committee, Zac Bell our Executive Media Apprentice, who brings a high level of knowledge already and his mentor Sonya Whittam who runs a very successful media business herself. You will also see around the club Jim Ward and Vic Todd who have both agreed to work within the new commercial department as well as being available to advise me on specific developments within the club.
I would like to officially welcome Nick Davis and his staff to the Club, and I can confirm that we as a club will support him to the best of our ability with strengthening his squad, adding to the talented young array of players at his disposal as I offered to our previous manager.
I am delighted to report that we have secured the operations of our Academy by forming a partnership with both Phil Fennel and Tom Hickman for the benefit of the Club and the players, so watch this space for those players coming through to play in the first team.
I have mentioned above, briefly, the Youth section, when I arrived I felt this section needed formal leadership from the club even though they had a great team of people ensuring that all jobs were done, all on a voluntary basis please note so I rewrote a new Youth structure outlying every aspect of the operation of running a Youth Set up especially as I feel that this is a very important part of the future of this club.
Elliot Austin has taken the new title of Chairman as opposed to his former title of Head of Youth, with James Lawson as his Vice Chairman so I wish the best of luck to all the youth teams who play under the club’s banner.
Our U23s and reserves have been representing the club also and I thank the managers and players alongside others who have supported the teams and at the end of the season we will be looking at a possible restructuring of this area to maximise the best way of supporting our first team manager.
I brought in Zac Bell and Sonya Whittam to help aid Edward Lucas and Martin Able with digital marketing and media at the club.
Since then, our brand-new website has officially gone live. The incumbent website was outdated and did not allow the club to earn potential advertising revenue, and we believe this new platform can help create that opportunity.
The accessibility of the new site is better and gives the additional benefit of some exciting new features, which we will share with you very soon. Fans will find it simpler to navigate themselves through our content more swiftly and feel right at the heart of everything.
You will have greater access to the team and management than ever before and I hope you will feel as heavily involved as we intend. A great deal of investment and time has gone into ensuring a top-quality website and we are very excited for 2019 with lots of planning already underway for future content on the site.
Our aim is to create a community around Ramsgate Football Club, which is inclusive of all teams in the club from the Youth teams right the way to the first team.
Nothing is more important than the fans, which is why we set out to majorly improve our social media channels.
It’s extremely important that everybody feels a part of the club, and we have been working hard to improve matchday coverage as well as keeping everybody up to date with everything that goes on behind the scenes.
On behalf of everybody at Ramsgate Football Club, we wish you a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all on boxing day in Whitstable.