Irving Weaver is to take over as the Chairman of Harrogate FC, this follows Bill Fotherby recently taking the decision to stand down from the position.
There are also plans to continue to develop the club with refurbishment of some of the facilities at the Wetherby Road grounds.
Irving Weaver said:
As a consequence of Bill Fotherby deciding to step down from his position as Chairman, it is a natural progression that as majority shareholder (through my Holding Company) I take up the responsibility of the role of Chairman.
It means more profile than I would naturally seek, but it is essential that Harrogate Town is projected, obviously by results, but also by marketing and continual news of initiatives and progress.
We need to develop not only a football team but also a football club.
The imminent conclusion of having a separate company with charitable status will help to develop our fund raising opportunities, whilst creating far greater links with our community,than in the past.
We have support from the Football Association to afford us to level the pitch this next close season. The building on Wetherby Road, subject to planning, will be refurbished to provide offices for administration, a point of contact, advanced ticket sales and a small shop for our merchandise. The modernised building with good signage, open to a very busy Wetherby Road will send a clear message that we are open for business and a statement of intent about the progress of the club.
Whilst submitting the planning application for the offices, we have applied for planning permission to renew the terracing on Wetherby Road including a cantilevered roof extending to the pitch line. Again we have FA support to help with the funding.
Other initiatives are the refurbishment of the Sponsors lounge which is essential in order to increase corporate support from the businesses of Harrogate and District and continual upgrade of the Social Club.
This will be a long haul, but block by block with your help we will get there.