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Southbrook Football Club management committee statement

On Tuesday 23rd June 2015 Southbrook Football Club held an Extraordinary Management Committee meeting to assess the options for this coming season. A number of important issues were raised for discussion including: the management of the club as a whole; football team management and player availability and club finances.

Key points discussed were:
 
Despite advertising the vacancy for the role of Club Chair, as per the club's constitution, there have been no expressions of interest to take over the reigns as Chris Aldridge, the current Chair, is standing down due to a family move away from Swindon and Wiltshire.

Similarly with the football team matters, last season's manager, Gary Norman, has stepped down from the club to dedicate more time to his coaching role with Swindon Town youngsters and also qualify for EUFA A coaching status, which is very intense and time consuming. Whilst we had an initial interest from a really good young coach with similar qualifications to Gary (EUFA B) members felt it would be unfair to put the candidate into a position where we could not offer the support that would be necessary for him to be successful. 

The most disappointing of all is the majority of last year's squad showing little or no interest in engaging or re-joining us. It would appear that migration to other clubs is on the cards for many. Sadly we are still chasing a number for outstanding player debts for fines paid on their behalf and match day subscriptions. Subject to advice, formal proceedings may be necessary to recover them.

With regard to general operating finances, the club ran at a loss for most of last season despite a significant sponsorship injection of cash which funded a new playing kit and some day-to-day operating costs, for which we are very grateful. However, at times the club was being kept afloat by members dipping into our own pockets to sponsor match day costs. 
 A full set of accounts will be made available in due course.

In conclusion the unanimous decision was that the football club had run its course and would cease to operate forthwith. Therefore it is with great sadness that I have to advise you that Southbrook Football Club will not be competing in the Wiltshire Football League and associated cup competitions for the coming 2015/16 season.
 
Chris Aldridge

24.06.15 update
 
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