New Chairman Appointed

We’re delighted to announce that Paul Richardson is our new Chairman.

Providing his thoughts on becoming Chairman and his vision for the club’s future plans, Paul had this to say:

“The club’s in a really exciting place at the moment and a lot of the documented work has been done by former Chairman Shane Davy. He’s stepped aside to focus on continuing to grow the CIO which is a great community project that both compliments and enhances what we do as a football club.

Since the initial conversation regarding forming the club in 2018 and seeing it brought to life by playing our first games in 2019, I’ve fulfilled the roles of Secretary and Treasurer along with many other volunteer tasks. The vision as it was back then remains the same today which is to facilitate as many children playing in a positive and safe environment as possible on their own doorstep.

If you judge it purely on the number of children engaged with the sport, it’s been a massive success with it being over 700 on a weekly basis. We’ve also got a fantastic group of volunteers from coaches to parents who all chip in and support what we do.

As Chairman, I will continue to reiterate our values and build on the foundations we’ve set within the club. Our drive now is to improve our facilities across the various sites we play from. We continue to improve Kinloss as the weeks go on and we’ve got plenty of work to do there as the rain washed out the majority of the first phase. Bude Park is due to start development this spring and we’ve partnered up with Hull City Council, along with support from the Local Ward Councillors, to secure FA funding to improve pitches and welfare facilities.

As a club with 46 teams, we’re always seeking training facilities and are well aware of the struggles within the city for winter training venues. The end dream would be to have the use of such facilities in house and that’s a vision which is certainly shared by a lot of members within the club.

In terms of football development and progression, we’ll be creating our senior men’s team for the 2024/25 season and thus completing the male and female pathway for junior players within our club. Like I say, a very exciting time to be involved and help drive the club forward.

I’m very privileged to have some very experienced committee members who’ve previously volunteered within other clubs for a number of years. It’s brilliant to be able to tap into their knowledge and expertise. Having the right structure will be key for the club to achieve and continue to deliver our vision within this great community.”