Fresh beginnings for Southall FC
A new era has dawned at Southall FC following confirmation of the club’s takeover by Football & More ltd.
Currently at the foot of the Middlesex County Football League Premier Division, Southall have been suffering from problems both on and off the pitch in recent times, allowing the change of ownership to act as a welcome lift to a club rich in tradition.
And with a large emphasis being placed on playing a responsible role in the community by the new board, it’s an exciting time for the people of Southall, an extremely multi-cultural area.
By working closely with Ealing Council as part of its local regeneration ‘Community Citizenship’ programme, a mission statement has been set to help create sustainable, attractive and inclusive facilities which foster the talent and diversity of the local community.
The club is looking to install a development scheme called Southall Football Academy, in which teams will be launched for boys and girls of all age groups.
Establishing a board made up of largely football-based personnel, former West Ham United defender Tommy Taylor has been appointed the club’s new chairman. Following on from his playing career, Taylor moved into football management.
Despite spending time coaching in countries such as New Zealand, Singapore, Tanzania, India and Grenada, Taylor insists that the project at Southall is going to be one of his biggest tests yet.
“This is without doubt one of the most exciting and demanding challenges I have been part of,” Taylor said. “There is a lot of work to do, but the interest and commitment shown by my colleagues on the board and the people of Southall makes it a challenge that I am proud to be part of.”
Vice Chairman Singh Gill, Director of The Elite Football Academy commented: “The new ownership wants to be judged on delivering success not only on the football field but also being seen as a responsible and contributing part of our local community.”
Rajeshwar Gautam, the club’s new Director of Finance and Marketing added: “We believe that there is a real opportunity for the people of Southall to engage in this new era for Southall FC. We hope that local business will get behind us in our work and will support us with endorsements and sponsorship as we ‘come home’ to Southall.”
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