Club owner on a busy summer at the club
Today, the new chapter of the 2016-17 season began with the confirmation of the fixtures.
Our team and fans will travel nearly 8000 miles during this journey.
First, it is imperative we review what has taken place since the takeover. I want to thank all the fans and staff for their continued commitment and positive attitude shown in the last months.
Our ambitions are set and everyone in the club is working tirelessly to reach the targets.
Affiliation with fans
As promised we have reduced the kids’ prices, to help encourage younger fans to join the growing family of Crawley Town FC. The membership scheme is being worked on day and night and will be announced on July 27. The scheme will be extremely beneficial to all the fans.
The match day experience has been reviewed thoroughly and certain aspects will be improved. There are ideas developing to make the club an everyday place for the fans. Crawley Town has to be the second home for our supporters. We want to improve our ties and communication with the fans. We have to be a family.
A positive working environment is a necessity for success. The club has moved its training ground closer to the stadium.
The new facilities are more adequate and will provide a professional environment for our team.
The players’ area, within the stadium, was completely run down but refurbishments to significantly improve the facilities for our squad are underway.
The upgrading of the facilities is the foundation of the infrastructure we want to build at the club. Crawley Town needs to grow and the right foundations have to be set. There are plans also for the improvement of the Mayo Wynne Baxter Lounge and reception area.
Dermot Drummy and Matt Gray have shown real commitment and a dedicated vision for the path the club is taking.
Their input has added to our strategies and together they have developed a positive ideology for the club. Dermot’s idea of building an infrastructure is sincerely welcoming. The coaching methods and desire to play football are truly encouraging. Dermot and Matt are working with enthusiasm and passion to set the right tone on and off the pitch.
Rebuilding of the squad and recruitment
The Crawley Town shirt must be worn with passion and respect. No player will be allowed to think we are a stepping stone or a small club. All players in the squad must value the shirt. The shirt represents a family and no family is more important to us than the Crawley Town family. Players demanding to leave or disregarding the symbol of the shirt, as said before, will see a large door opened for their exit.
Players with passion, talent and respect are what this club needs. Our new players include those that have just competed in play-offs to reach the Dutch Eredivise, been a member of an ambitious Turkish Super league side and played in play-offs to reach League One in recent seasons.
We share the belief that talent is at all levels and we have invested to increase our scope as wide as possible. If a player joins Crawley Town, they have been assessed thoroughly and are the right calibre for the club.
Our recruitment strategies are based on a desire to identify the right players that value our shirt and are dedicated to being a part of the Crawley Town family. There will be a balance of experience and youth in the new team, however passion and hunger in games will be evident every minute on the field.
Our recruitment is ongoing and we aim to sign three to four more players before the start of pre-season next week.
We thank the new sponsors joining the club and the current sponsors for their ongoing support. Crawley Town is on a journey and we call on potential sponsors to join us and share our vision. Our website will have sponsorship opportunities available to view soon.
I hope I have given a detailed review of our current work and aspirations for the club. We have to be a family. We will sometimes laugh and cry but we will always be one. We promise to always do our utmost and give our all. Together we will succeed.