Hungerford Town Football Club is a football club based in Hungerford, Berkshire, England. Affiliated to the Berks & Bucks Football Association, they are currently members of the National League South, the sixth tier of English football, and play at Bulpit Lane.
Hungerford Town FC Confirm Patrick Chambers and Carl Reader as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, ready to help the club achieve its goals.
The experienced businessmen have stepped in to help steer the National League South side towards increased community engagement, financial stability, and increased sponsorship.
Patrick Chambers owns Full Parks, a family business which develops residential park bungalows for both semi-retired and retired people, and Carl Reader is chairman of d&t chartered accountants, a specialist team of small business financial and business advisors based in Swindon.
Hungerford is in the sixth tier of English football, one of only a handful of clubs still operating as a not-for-profit – and the new chairs intend to keep it that way.
Reader explains: “I’m delighted to be helping the club out. My main aim for HTFC is simple: I want to keep football as it should be - something for the community, rather than something for property developers to make a few quid off.”
The leadership duo are committed to using a different model than the usual in the football world. Rather than aiming to be a private company seeking high net worth investors, they are using a far more sustainable not-for profit “Community Interest Company” format, focusing on three key values for the club – transparency, community and sustainability. This will ensure the club is owned by the community, for the community.
“Our primary focus is to achieve financial stability for the club by boosting sponsorship and really engaging with the community. So many people don’t realise what a wonderful club they have on their doorstep!” continued Reader.
Their efforts are already beginning to pay off. The team bolstered their chances of a place in the National League South on Easter Monday with a victory against Torquay in front of an impressive 5500-strong crowd. This was followed up by a hard-fought draw with East Thurrock United on the last day of the season, (in front of a bumper 485 crowd at Bulpit Lane) which was enough for The Crusaders to remain in the league for their 4th consecutive season.
Both Carl and Patrick have committed to a minimum of three to five years in the roles. Chambers stated: “I’m looking forward to helping the club become more viable. It’s not about ‘taking over’ – the club has a fantastic team who are clearly committed, and we’re very much looking forward to working with them.”
“The club is truly something special, and we’re excited to really build engagement with both the local and footballing community.”
For more information please see http://www.hungerfordtown.com/