Although we played our last match of the season on Saturday, work at the club continues as we immediately look forward to preparing for the next campaign.
Anyone who has been involved in running a football club will know that in reality there is no such thing as a post-season break, and we are already putting things in place for 2023/24.
From both a personal and collective point of view, I think it’s safe to say that we have all learned a lot over the past year. Caernarfon Town Football Club has enjoyed a number of successful years since supporters took over the club in 2010 but this has been an extremely challenging year for us on the pitch.
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we are amongst the biggest clubs in the Welsh system, but the size of a club seems to be getting less and less important as it’s very much a case of whoever has the most financial backing will usually have the better chance of success. That’s the case in every football league around the World, and it’s something we are finding more and more difficult to deal with every season.
This is why we have to look at finding different ways that will assist us in competing in the Cymru Premier League. Having fought so hard, and for so many years, to regain our place in the top tier we’ve really had to dig deep to survive on the pitch this season. However, none of us were ready to give up our place in the league and I’m extremely pleased for all our supporters, sponsors, staff and players that we managed to pull it off, although it took us until the final week of the campaign to secure our position.
I understand that ninth position in a league of twelve teams is not where we want to be but the league table does not lie at the end of the season and we have to look at ways of improving. In my view, the only way we can do that whilst remaining in the same financial situation, is to look at the club, from top to bottom, and see where we can improve in a practical and common sense way, which will benefit the product on the pitch.
With this in mind, we have lots of plans in place that we hope to announce soon, which we think will make a difference and will help us compete a little better in the top tier. However, things won’t improve overnight, and we will have to fight hard to compete whilst slowly building the club forward. But one thing I do know is that the club and its supporters are always up for the challenge and so we move on after a difficult season, with renewed hope of better times ahead.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this message, we are already planning for next season, and I want to make a request on behalf of the club to all our stakeholders for help and a renewed collective effort in moving forward.
We have found over the past season that we are short-staffed in most areas and are looking for volunteers to help us on match days and beyond. So, if any of you have some spare time on the days we play at the Oval or just want to help us out in any way, please do get in touch with us.
Also, we have not had a kitman/person for the past three seasons and would appreciate someone being ready to take this job on for next year. We will, of course, pay all expenses.
And finally, if there are any businesses out there, big or small, who feel they would like to sponsor the club as we move forward, please do contact our commercial manager Barry Evans on 07795 365682 or our commercial officer, Caitlin Lamb on 07922 480483, to discuss all the many exciting sponsorship opportunities we have available for next season and beyond. We need your help to continue to compete in the Cymru Premier League, and to give the town a team to be proud of.
We’re up for the challenge at the Oval and would appreciate everyone’s support as we try and move forward!
Before finishing, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us over the course of the past season. To all our brilliant sponsors and wonderful volunteers, our first team and Academy staff, everyone who has played for the club and to our amazing groundsman, on behalf of the club’s Board of Directors, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting us. We would not be where we are today without you!
Onwards and Upwards!
Paul Evans, Chairman, Caernarfon Town Football Club