Next in our series of posts about members of our committee is Martin Randles, commercial coordinator at Stockport County LFC.
At a young age I wanted to have a career in football. I represented Manchester Boys and Greater Manchester County as a school boy along with spending 2 years at Bolton Wanderers and 3 years at Stockport County before making a decision to leave Stockport County to pursue a career away from football. I continued to play football at a semi-professional level until a serious knee injury ended my playing days at the age of 23. I Currently work as a Mechanical & Electrical Building Services Manager for Eric Wright Construction.
When I am not being dad's taxi for Charlotte and Olivia I joint captain a men's tennis team who last year won the division. I took up running 4 years ago as a hobby and completed my first half marathon last year in aid of the Alzheimer's Society raising over £1400. Although I am not as fit a Pete Attfield I do try to complete over 600 miles each year!
What I do at SCLFC:
I am on the committee at the club and help with the commercial side aiming to keep as many as our partners as possible. I am also the manager of the Under 18's team.
How long have you been doing it:
I started coaching when Charlotte began her second season at under 10's, which is almost 7 years ago. I then joined the committee the following year.
How did you get involved:
Charlotte had played for the under 10's which had a mix of under 10's and 11's for the following season. I made the offer of helping out until they found a manager/coach for the new under 10's and have been involved ever since!
Where would you like to see SCLFC in five years:
Within the next 5 years I would like to see SCLFC have more involvement with the men's team which would include shared facilities. It would be great if the junior section could become an academy and players began to play for older age groups to improve their development. The first team gaining promotion is key to the progress the club needs to make and under the current management feel this is more than achievable.
Tips for others:
I don't really have any tips for people in similar roles. The main point I would like to make is keep the clubs ethos and encourage all members be that committee or coaches to be fully supported be one club not one team.