New chairman backs Benn to take Hemsworth to next level

Hemsworth MW manager Wayne Benn.
Hemsworth MW manager Wayne Benn.

New Hemsworth MW chairman Richard Norman reckons the club is well placed to have a “real good go” at making it into the Evo-Stik League in the next few years.

Norman has been impressed by what he has seen at the club since taking his new role this month and believes strongly they have the right man in charge of the team in manager Wayne Benn.

Hemsworth have risen up the ranks in recent years, winning promotion to the NCE Premier Division last season and holding their own in their first campaign at this level. And the new chairman believe they have not yet finished progressing.

He told the Express: “The club has come a fair way and it’s still improving.

“I have 200 per cent confidence in Wayne in terms of the job he’s doing and his previous management. He used to be manager at Goole and not that I know him particularly well, but I know that he can do a really good job at a higher standard.

“I know he knows what’s required and needed to get us up to that next level.

“I think the people at the club at the moment are doing a fantastic job, taking it to this level.

“What I’ve been brought in for is to look at the business aspects of it, trying to organise some more income, but also to develop the community side even further.

“My aims are to make it self funding as a football club and to develop a true community programme that everyone’s involved with. Also to develop the facilities as well and to take the football club into the Evo-Stik League.

“I was ex-chairman at Goole so I know what it is like playing in the Evo-Stik League and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that with the manager they’ve got and the set-up we’re going to have Hemsworth MW can have a real good go at getting into the Evo-Stik over the next couple of years.

“I think the team started their first season in the NCE Premier Division incredibly well. They then had a blip around Christmas, which they recognise, but in the last three or four weeks they have recognised again that this team with two or three more experienced players can be contenders to go up next season.”

Norman is impressed with community spirit at the club.

He said: “There’s a lot of local lads who really care about the club. That’s been the most impressive thing for me, the community spirit that’s already in the club both on and off the pitch. I just want to reinforce that and develop that.

“Wayne Benn’s doing a fantastic job. I know some of the budgets some of the other clubs are on and against that he is doing well. To take them up a standard, which is a big standard, to then probably finish in the top 10 is a fantastic achievement.”

Norman explained how it came about that he took up the chairman’s role: “I was speaking to the manager Wayne and I knew they were looking for a new chairman. I went to look at the facilities and to see what the club was all about and saw there is fantastic potential on and off the pitch to take the club forward.

“I’m not local to the area, but I’m very proud about being from Yorkshire. I run an organisation called Brand Yorkshire and I’m very much about being involved in the community.

“I’ve done a lot of work around the community aspect, I’ve opened up a youth club in Leeds and I’ve also worked in the prison service, helping young offenders and coaching them. I’ve worked with disadvantaged kids so I’m very much about bringing in the whole community to feel part and parcel of the club.

“I will be looking to work with all the local youth and ladies teams, charities and schools to form a full community programme. This will help ensure that the next generation can enjoy all the benefits of the club and our facilities.

“My role will also be to support the board and hard working volunteers to develop a full marketing strategy to increase revenues.”