New Brighton Rangers
Proposal • Merge 2 existing clubs, Rangers Association Football Club and New Brighton Association Football Club to create one new club
Reasons for merger • Create attractive viable option for football in eastern suburbs region • Combine one club with strong asset base with another with strong balance sheet • Rationalize club size to be more competitive • Lessen burden on club volunteers and organizers • Follow greater New Zealand Football strategic plan to reduce and strengthen local football clubs • Appeal to council and enable a new 10 year plan to capitalize on the additional ground available for future • development • To guarantee future survival of both clubs
Facts • Playing numbers in both clubs have a declining trend • Demographics have changed – more rugby/league orientated residents • Volunteer numbers are near crisis point • New Brighton sits about 10th Rangers sits about 13th with regard to player numbers – if merged new club • would sit about 3rd • Club profiles viewed by the public and potential sponsors tend to relate to the senior men's profile – New • Brighton do not have premier league status Rangers finished in last position in 2007 • Players are now more mobile therefore do not necessarily play for local club – will play for the best • New Brighton and Rangers are no longer in an area with large football numbers to sustain 2 clubs
Advantages • Stronger club • Greater financial stability • Improved funding sources and opportunities • Simplified management and administration • Stronger management committee • Greater support from local government • Potential growth in localized area • Greater sponsorship potential • More attractive to players • Opportunity to create a new “Brand”
Perceived Disadvantages • Loss of local identity • Historic reaction to change • Potential domination of one club or the other These although important, must not hinder progress
Individual Assets New Brighton • Across the board participation –juniors, men's, women’s, Sunday league • Indoor training facility • Guaranteed rental income • Large playing facilities – Bexley • Minimal Liabilities • Good potential to increase playing facilities Rangers • Mainland Premier position • Good participation – juniors, men's, women’s • Strong balance sheet – ability to convert asset to cash • Flexibility to enable shift • Strong local trust relationship through Linfield Sport • Large Playing facilities – Cuthbert's Green
How it would work • Forming the new club • Governance • Linfield Cultural Recreational Sports Club (Linfield Sport) • Football Development • Playing and Training • Clubrooms • Name
Forming New Club • Both clubs would eventually cease to exist • Existing contracts cancelled • New identity formed and registered with Mainland and New Zealand Football • New administration formed and coaches appointed • Separate trusts formed to house individual assets for a trial period (Bexley facilities, sale of Eric Adam Park) • Bexley, Cuthbert's Green, and Linfield facilities used by new club • Results of investment made by Rangers trust go into running new club • Club to operate under Linfield Cultural Recreational Sport Club Inc umbrella and Linfield Sport to employ development manager – costs incurred covered by grants through operating club.
Governance • A board of 6 – 8 people elected to administer new club • Major operational areas managed by sub committees lead by the board and assisted if necessary by Linfield Sport staff • An independent chairman would need to be appointed during the first few years of merger • Day to day running of the club done by Linfield Sport
Linfield Cultural Recreational Sports Club • Administration base for individual sports clubs and community groups. • Specialize in administrative duties, financial management and planning - administration support (order placing, receiving goods, account preparation, subs invoicing, banking reconciliation, financial audits, meeting space) - football support (provide development manager, resources for development manager, administration support, office space) • Currently service about 3000 members from 7 various clubs. Our clubrooms offer a fantastic social environment for club functions These services are funded by application to trust prepared by Linfield Sport on behalf of football and claimed as required
Football Development • Both clubs have upwardly skewed player base – strong social emphasis • Develop strong junior and youth programs • Develop quality coaching programs which align with Mainland and NZ Football programs • Provide the best playing, training and after match facilities • Attract premier men and women throughout Canterbury and the upper south island • New “super club” theme will move the club into the new modern era • Attract 15 – 19 year old boys and girls • The eastern side of town will have a strong football presence • New club • Canterbury United Academy • Other local clubs e.g. Burwood, Parklands
Playing and Training • Bexley and Cuthbert's Green will be used for training and playing • Increase lighting levels at both facilities to assist training • Linfield Sport will have 2 high quality football grounds - by 2010 they will be available to play on • Both fields will be lit to appropriate operating standard to play on
Clubrooms • The current Bexley clubrooms will remain as a clubroom for use after training and on Sundays for the Sunday league and women's leagues. • On Saturday game days the modern Linfield Sport clubrooms will be used for all after match functions • All junior teams of the week will be held at the Linfield Sports clubrooms
Name • A complete new identity is the best way to combine the two traditional clubs • A new logo will have to be developed – one that assists with providing a new more modern image. Many options have been suggested such as New Brighton Rangers, Pegasus, Eastern Suburbs, Eastern Bays • Ultimately the decision is up to the new members.
Goals of new club • To be up and running for the 2008 season • To consistently be one of the top 3 clubs in Christchurch in terms of playing numbers, teams and results • Both men's and women's 1st teams to play in highest leagues available • Men's 1st team to be placed in the top 4 of Mainland Premier League (MPL) in its inaugural season and 1st by 2010. Also to reach open round of Chatham Cup. • Women's 1st team to be placed first in the 2008 Women's Premier League (WPL). Also to reach open round of Uncle Toby’s • All other competitive and non competitive teams to be placed mid table or higher from 2008 and beyond • Sunday league team to be placed 1st in 2008