AN URGENT appeal has been launched to find a new general secretary for the Bromsgrove and District Football League to safeguard its long-term future.
The league was launched in 1902 meaning almost 120 years of Bromsgrove footballing history is at risk.
Currently it has three divisions, 25 teams and 763 players registered but has previously had 1,200.
This year saw nine teams fold pre-season and the league is down from 45 teams five years ago, back to the level it was numbers-wise 20 years ago.
The league is financially secure and has access to decent facilities/pitches in the local area. It has teams from afar afield as far as Kidderminster, Droitwich, Rubery, Rednal, and even Solihull.
The need for a new general secretary has come about as Simon Burgess, who currently holds the post, is standing down in the summer after 21 years in an administrative role.
He said: “The time is right to step back and watch from afar as someone else comes in with fresh ideas and a fresh voice to keep up the impetus. I also can’t commit the time to the League i could several years ago.
I have had an amazing journey in the league, ever since joining as a player for Stourport Town FC in the mid 1990s and will always be fond of the league.
“I hope we can recruit into my position as it is important to us because the role is the ‘figurehead’ in the absence of a chairman (another position that needs filling).”
He added the League had survived the departure of stalwarts such as Pete Townsend, Colin Waldron and Doug Mcleod so it could certainly survive if it could find that one suitable person to step forward and take the role on.
Interested parties can email Simon at email@example.com to get a job description of the weekly, monthly and annual tasks needed.