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FOOTBALL: Growing opportunities for everyone to enjoy the game

"Moving forward, we want the FA to be seen as a beacon of football development across the county."

That's the message from Lincolnshire Football Association chief executive officer Nick Hanson who has taken responsibility at the organisation's headquarters.

Nick Hanson
Nick Hanson

He said: "It was a challenge in terms of moving the organisation forward.

"We looked at the internal structure which has now been resolved by recruiting posts.

"I've also been meeting people to get the message across. We want to to be seen that we are a supportive organisation. It has been positive and people are receptive.

"We have listened to how we can improve as an organisation - what we offer and how we do that. We need to get rid of the barriers which were maybe there previously.

"The general response is that people want to have a successful, open and honest relationship with the FA.

"We must explain big decisions and hold our hands up if we get things wrong so we are able to make improvements.

"We want to be progressive and inclusive by creating opportunities for anybody to participate in football as a spectator, player, coach or referee to enjoy the game in a safe environment.

"We want everybody to involved - from children to adults playing walking football plus those with special needs and disabilities."

Lincolnshire FA
Lincolnshire FA

For the past three years, Hanson has been chairman of Epworth Town Colts - based near Doncaster and Scunthorpe - and he previously worked on the village club's committee.

He added: "One of the reasons I got involved was that the club didn't have a home base, playing at a number of different sites.

"My professional background is in sports development so we worked on a £1m project - in partnership with the secondary school and Football Foundation - to provide a home which features a 3G pitch and clubhouse.

"The club started out with 10 teams and now we've got 22 sides from under-6 to 18, two men's teams and two girls' teams."

Hanson is also a season ticket holder at Sky Bet League One club Doncaster Rovers along with his father and teenage son.


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