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Building The Way Forward


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Building The Way Forward

PostedSeptember 30, 2022

Since the end of last season the club has been actively engaged in reviewing its operating model and structure whilst developing its plans for the future. There are major challenges to be tackled and it is an ongoing process. At this juncture, we can now confirm some new key appointments at Central Park. The 3 people involved are long-standing local and ardent Cowdenbeath fans and will be well-known to many of you. They have the club very much in their hearts. We are delighted that they are willing to step up and lend their talents and energy to the cause and be part of the team. Cowdenbeath FC truly is at its core a fan run club.

Firstly, joining the Board as a Director is Craig Bennet, partner in the Dunfermline legal firm of Morgans. Craig has been a partner at Morgans now for 25 years. He is very well-known and highly respected in local business and professional circles. In addition, he is a Trustee of the Central Park Community Trust and is also involved in running the Cowdenbeath FC 100 Club.

Alex Haddow meantime has accepted a role as an Associate Director of Cowdenbeath FC and will be the Club’s Community Champion. Alex is the very definition of a community activist and his commitment to the town of Cowdenbeath has been unsurpassed over the years. He was awarded the accolade of West and Central Fife area’s Community Champion in 2015 plus he was Cowdenbeath’s Citizen of the Year in 2007. Alex was also a mainstay of the Cowdenbeath Community Council and Cowdenbeath Civic Week for decades. And don’t forget Bluebell the Coo! Along with our Cowden in the Community programme delivered through our Trust arm, Alex will seek to help us drive engagement and events with a real community focus.

Colin Nelson was a commentator on Blue Brazil TV before becoming the Club’s kit manager. Since then his drive, ideas and enthusiasm have led to him becoming increasingly invested in wider aspects of the club’s operations. He introduced the Fan Experience package at Central Park as well as two fund-raiser matches for the club. A sales manager who is a qualified referee, he also has coaching badges. Colin has now accepted a post at Central Park as Cowdenbeath FC’s Football Operations Co-ordinator. He will report to the Board whilst working in tandem with and under direction of the manager. Colin’s enhanced role is multi-faceted. For example, it will include working on player/recruitment contracts; building a database of players/scouting system in line with manager’s desired player profile; handle day to day tasks on behalf of manager and coaching staff to free them up to prepare and focus on training/matchday; organise pre-season friendlies/schedule (with manager); intermediary for backroom staff with directors/executive; contact point for other clubs in regard to players e.g. loan players out; helping to ensure relevant budgets are used and managed effectively; assist in building fan liaison/engagement, etc

In essence these three appointments are a starting point as we seek to develop and drive the club’s ambitions and objectives both on and off the pitch.

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