CEO Dave Baldwin updates fans on club matters.Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to Turf Moor.
I would like to extend a welcome to the directors, management, staff and supporters of Brentford Football Club that have made the trip north today.
Throughout the season, I will be supplementing the Chairman’s Boardroom comments to keep supporters updated on other aspects of the football club.
Behind the scenes there are a number of projects happening in order to improve the club for the long term. You will have seen the office development in the Bob Lord stand and this is not simply just new offices for the staff, although I must stress the staff work place is important to improve in order to have efficiency and good department communication.
This ensures the business delivers the very best customer experience for the most efficient spend to ensure the maximum sustainable income is directed to the football budget.
In addition to office space we have vastly improved the concourse area in the Bob Lord stand and I feel sure that those that have used it so far have appreciated the change.
Soon, there will be an additional lounge under the concourse of the Bob Lord stand as well as flexible meeting rooms on the first floor that can be used both on a matchday and non-matchday, which can generate additional revenue for the club in the future.
All these projects are designed so that over the long-term the club will be independently sustainable without the need for cash calls from the owners. I will share more information regarding the additional rooms as the projects developments and I also intend to offer an invitation to an open day once they are complete for supporters to see behind the scenes.
We are particularly pleased to have moved the plans for Gawthorpe through the planning system. The site investigation work has started and we shall continue to provide update reports and images as work progresses over the next 18 months.
This certainly will be one of the biggest positive changes the club makes in terms of the sustainability and development of the club over the coming years and we certainly look forward to the time when a young lad from Burnley is making his debut for the first team as a result of these investments in the future.
The second phase of the building works at Turf Moor involves the demolishing of the existing store and ticket office and rebuilding on the same plot.
However the space will be put to a much more modern and efficient usage, with a shop floor being three times the size of the current one and classroom space above for use by the ever-expanding community department.
They are delivering some excellent work in the area and making a massive difference to people’s lives now, but more importantly, are helping to forge the next generation of fans of the future.
I will provide more information in future notes on both the shop project and also the community activity of the club.
Back to today and let’s not underestimate the value of the 12th Man.
Being the new kid on the block it was heartening to witness for the first time the fantastic show of support and chanting for the players last season. It would be great for that to be our club’s trademark for this coming season.
Sometimes that can spur that extra ounce required that turns defeats into draws and draws into wins. We are one club and we go again together, enjoy the game.