‘Football is part of my DNA’

New SYCOB chair­man’s dad was am­a­teur in­ter­na­tional Cross boys are the cham­pi­ons

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

The 45-year-old this week took over as top dog at Hol­loways Park from Fred Deanus, with Michael Saun­ders re­plac­ing Paul Hughes as vicechair­man.

It is a path Agar al­ways thought he would tread, with his fa­ther, Roy Agar, hav­ing been an Eng­land am­a­teur in­ter­na­tional in the days when such a thing still ex­isted.

He said: “Football has al­ways been part of my DNA. My fa­ther started at Spurs and then Swin­don but spent much of his ca­reer in non-league football with Dul­wich Ham­let, Enfield, Toot­ing & Mitcham and Brom­ley, so non-league football has al­ways been an in­ter­est.

“My as­so­ci­a­tion, such as it is, with Bea­cons­field be­gan about nine years ago when I started play­ing five a side ev­ery Sun­day at the Bea­con cen­tre. Much to the an­noy­ance of my knees and an­kles, I still play ev­ery week.”

With his eight-year-old son, Al­fie, signed up to the Brent­ford academy, Agar has also taken a keen in­ter­est in youth football and is a di­rec­tor of the FAB Academy, which de­vel­oped a link-up with SYCOB last sum­mer.

The first sea­son of the experiment saw the club nar­rowly avoid rel­e­ga­tion from South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral, and with that in mind, Agar avoided mak­ing wild pre­dic­tions for the club un­der his ten­ure – favour­ing sta­bil­ity and en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity.

He said: “My aim is to cre­ate a com­mu­nity-based football club that puts youth de­vel­op­ment at its heart. It is our in­ten­tion first to fi­nan­cially sta­bilise the club, and then to o of­fer the lo­cal com­mu­nity a football club that ex­tends way y be­yond the first team.

“We have an ar­range­ment in place to work with the youth set up at Bea­cons­field Holt­spur, which will bring more than 350 kids and their par­ents into the club, and other de­vel­op­ments in­clude sig­nif­i­cant ground im­prove­ments, which should see the club be­ing used seven days a week.

“In Bea­cons­field, there has al­ways been a great deal of sup­port for both the cricket and rugby clubs, and the football club has al­ways been seen as some­what of a poor re­la­tion. A big part of my role is to change this per­cep­tion within the com­mu­nity.

“This won’t hap­pen overnight, but I hope that, in the not too dis­tant fu­ture, we have a club of which peo­ple can be gen­uinely proud and for which they show gen­uine en­thu­si­asm.

“This is the start a two or three year jour­ney, and one which I am sure that sup­port­ers both old and new will en­joy.” GER­RARDS Cross LTC are cel­e­brat­ing their U12 A team win­ning this year’s Ae­gon Team Cham­pi­onship.

The team (left to right) are Wil­liam Evans, James Ma­son, Sam Hirst and Wiehan Van Wyk, while not pic­tured is Ol­lie Latham, who filled in at short no­tice for one game and more than held his own.

Head coach Andy Schofield said: “The boys played a very high stan­dard of ten­ni­sis through­out the com­pe­ti­tion and thor­oughly de­served to win. The dif­fer­ence, in my opin­ion be­tween our team and the oth­ers was our strength in depth.

“There were not much to choose be­tween the boys, which meant we were able to field four strong sin­gles play­ers and two very com­pet­i­tive dou­bles teams. Through­out the tour­na­ment they dis­played a good team spirit and sup­ported each other very well. It was clear that they were hav­ing lots of fun play­ing to­gether as a team.” New Bea­cons­field SYCOB chair­man Andy Agar; (inset) his fa­ther Rory Agar


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