Bury Football Club would like to welcome Mike Morris to the club, as he takes on the new role of Community Director. The role will commence from today, although Mike has been supporting some developments behind the scenes throughout pre-season.
These include the introduction of the new kids' Fans Zone within the stadium on match days, the Ladies' recent F.A. Cup win taking place at The Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane, and the reintroduction of the Town Team for talented players of Bury High Schools, supported by Bury FC.
As the clubs first-ever Community Director, Mike's role will involve working closely with the clubs official charity 'Bury FC Community Trust' which is led by Sian Godwyn-Outen and her team. Mike will be ensuring that the charity receives the clubs full support, as well as making sure the Board of Directors are up to speed with how that support can be enhanced further.
Mike was previously the C.E.O of Bury FC Community Trust for nearly 4 years, overseeing the charity's most successful period on record, before moving on to his current role as Group Partnership Director for a leading sports education provider, something he will continue alongside the role of Community Director for Bury FC.
Today we spoke to Mike who said: "I was very honoured to be approached by Karl, the CEO of Bury Football Club, to discuss this new role. The fact that he wanted to create it was very positive in itself, but when he explained that he really wanted to ensure that the clubs community work via its Community Trust was fully supported by the club, my mind was made up.
"The club has always carried out amazing community initiatives, but perhaps the people delivering them haven't received the recognition or attention they deserve. This new role will allow me to influence how coverage of this great work is prioritised, as awareness can support sustainability.
"It is also important to explore how the club can support in areas it maybe wasn't aware of, areas where simple actions or partnerships can have a greater influence on the local community and young people's aspirations than people realise.
"I was born in Bury, went to school in Bury, even played for Bury in the academy as a child. Now, although my work takes me all over the UK, I still choose to live in Bury and it's a very special town. As a club, it should never be enough to simply expect the next generation to support Bury FC, you have to give them a reason to and not just on the pitch.
"I look forward to working with the clubs Board of Directors to see what we can achieve''
CEO Karl Evans said "I went on record in the Summer saying that we need to re-integrate ourselves as a Football Club back into the local community, both from a business and fan perspective.
"Mike has been linked with the club for some years, doing an excellent job on behalf of the Trust. As a Board of Directors, we feel the best position for Mike and the Football Club moving forwards would be in a role as Community Director, working very closely with both myself and key areas of the club and reporting back to our monthly Board meetings.
"His appointment is a really significant step forward and I am personally looking forward to sharing ideas and supporting Mike whenever or wherever he needs me."