Exmouth Town chairman Stuart Shaw speaks about the ‘positive’ feel at the club as players report back for pre-season

PUBLISHED: 16:08 10 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:19 11 July 2018

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Exmouth Town’s new chairman Stuart Shaw could not be happier with how things are moving on at Southern Road.

Speaking after the club’s first pre-season match (read a report on the draw with Western League Bridgwater Town inside on page 61), the Town chairman said: “It was so pleasing to see just how many people came out to take in the Bridgwater game. It just strengthens my resolve so much when I see such a turnout and the vibes in and around Southern Road at the moment are so positive, and I mean that with a capital P.”

Amongst many projects underway at Southern Road is work to create a dedicated all-weather training area beside the ground and that work is now underway.

Chairman Shaw says: “We plan to have that area up and running by early September. I would love to find a sponsor to get tucked up with us on this, a project that I passionately believe can - and will - become a full community-use facility.”

He continued: “I really do want to see the training area that we develop used by the local community.

“It will all help add fuel to the fire that is my passion that the football club should be seen very much as an integral part of the Town and, particularly for young footballers, I want them to feel that they can join us as their local football club and go on to get so much out of the beautiful game.”

Speaking about life in general since he took over at the club, Shaw says: “I have been so impressed with the work that Kevin [Town boss Kevin Hill] has been doing. I am keen for him to know that I am here to give him whatever assistance he needs to do the job and his work with the players is so constructive and there’s little doubt that the lads are already buying into his footballing philosophy.”

The Town chairman is also keen to make sure that the hard work of plenty of others currently going on in and around Southern Road gets fair mention.

He says: “The various workingb parties and the ground staff deserve ALL the accolades - they have really been brilliant since the day I got involved.”

On the immediate future, the chairman says: “I am appreciative of the need to keep ‘feet firmly on the ground’, but the bottom line is, and perhaps I do mean to use a pun here, ‘there’s no point letting the grass grow beneath your feet’, particulary in a football world that offers great opportunities to players and supporters and I am very serious about all my efforts to make Exmouth Town Football Club an integral part of the local community - and beyond. I know it will involve lots of hard work, but there’s an army of good folk already keen to play a part and I will stand shoulder to shoulder with them.”

Anyone who can help with sponsorship at Town can call Stuart Slater on 07740 029961.

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