New commercial manager is planning boost for club

from the left Dave Wormald, Ray McLaughlin, Andy Heaton, Wally Hemingway and Malcolm Taylor
from the left Dave Wormald, Ray McLaughlin, Andy Heaton, Wally Hemingway and Malcolm Taylor

BRIGHOUSE TOWN have welcomed new Commercial Manager Andy Heaton, writes Emily Anderson.

The 22-year-old, from Greetland is a cover supervisor at Trinity Academy Secondary School between Halifax and Huddersfield.

He also from the age of 16 has coached the Under 14s at Greetland Goldstars and has his FA Level 1 in coaching as well as a degree in sports coaching from Huddersfield University.

“I have known Mark Wood, former Brighouse player and committeeman and Chris Lister, the club chairman, for a couple of years now and they have seen the fund-raising I have done for both the Greetland Goldstars and for Overgate Hospice, Elland, so they approached me about the role at Brighouse Town,” said Heaton.

There is an annual event held in Greetland since 2009 which Andy has organised, the Greetland Community Family Fun Day event which is based centrally around games of football and other events and has raised more than £5,000 since it started.

First on the list for the Commercial Manager is getting all the boards around the ground sold.

“I will be approaching local companies and building relationships with them so that in turn they will hopefully take out some advertising with the club whether it be a board around the ground for the season or sponsoring the match ball or the actual game,” said Andy.

“I also want to look at hiring out the other pitches to junior teams,” he said.

Building on his successes elsewhere with family fun days, Heaton also thinks it would be great to hold one at Brighouse Town because there is a fan base there that would support the event and bring in families.

“I have been made to feel very welcome at the club and I think it’s a great set up.

“The club members have ambition and the potential is there and the right people are involved to take the club forward,” he said.