Com­mu­nity group formed to run Bray Wan­der­ers

Bray People - - NEWS -

BRAY WAN­DER­ERS is seek­ing a nam­ing spon­sor and has formed a com­mu­nity owned com­pany to fund and run the lo­cal soc­cer club.

The an­nounce­ment about the Wan­der­ers’ re­struc­tur­ing move was made last Fri­day evening and the new com­pany is called ‘Bray Wan­der­ers Com­mu­nity Foot­ball Club.’

The new body will raise funds for the team to help pay the club’s debt and con­tinue to sup­port the club.

It will also ap­ply for per­mis­sion for a gym, meet­ing rooms and an all-weather train­ing pitch at Carlisle Grounds.

‘ The old way of run­ning the foot­ball club wasn’t work­ing,’ said Club pres­i­dent Philip Han­ni­gan who be­lieves this move will se­cure the fu­ture of the club.

All funds raised by the new com­pany will go back in to the team, the grounds and es­tab­lish­ing com­mu­nity-based projects.

‘ The ma­jor­ity of share­hold­ers have agreed that once Bray Wan­der­ers Ltd is un­bur­dened by debt, they will pass own­er­ship of the club over to the new com­pany,’ said Mr. Han­ni­gan.

Club man­ager Alan Mathews said that he be­lieves the move will help make the Seag­ulls a force to be reck­oned with on the pitch.

A group of prom­i­nent busi­ness people has vol­un­teered to help steer the club through the changes.

The mem­bers of the board are Bray Wan­der­ers Pres­i­dent Philip Han­ni­gan; Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Rory Benville, Wan­der­ers Chair­man Ed­die Cox, MD of Sun­beam House John Han­ni­gan, Peter Byrne of Ul­ster Bank, Sup­porter Club Chair­man Terry O’Neill and one more po­si­tion to be con­firmed.

‘As a sup­porter I fully en­dorse the ef­forts that are go­ing into this new ini­tia­tive,’ said Mr. O’Neill.

‘It will be a mas­sive boost for the whole com­mu­nity and could prove to be the tem­plate for clubs like ours to thrive in the fu­ture.’

Cham­ber Pres­i­dent Rory Benville said that hav­ing a vi­brant foot­ball club brings both so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits to a town.

‘Suc­cess on the pitch and in­creased com­mu­nity in­volve­ment can help drive eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity off the pitch.’

Mean­while, the web­site www.foot.ie has re­moved its Bray Wan­der­ers sec­tion banned all dis­cus­sion of the club on its fo­rums fol­low­ing re­ciept of a so­lic­i­tor’s let­ter which made ref­er­ence to al­leged defam­a­tory com­ments in re­cent weeks.

Bray Wan­der­ers man­ager Alan Mathews.

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