New Club Operations Manager - Announcement
St Albans City Youth Community FC are excited to announce the appointment of a new club Operations Manager, Andy Lawrence. The role has been created to provide operational excellence to the Club’s off the field activities as it continues to grow and have a broadening influence in the wider St Albans community.
Andy is well known to everyone at City Youth and across grass roots football in Hertfordshire. He brings a wealth of operational and football experience, and already has a detailed working knowledge of the club and its vision, ethos and values. Andy joins City Youth as an employee after a long and successful career in Financial Services, spanning almost 40 years. Just as importantly, the married father of three has a passion for grassroots football; he coached a hugely successful City Youth team from U7 through to U18, has served as a Trustee of the Club for several years and has worked tirelessly as one of the Club’s most active, respected and influential volunteers during that time. Andy will work closely with the Club’s Commercial Manager, Steve Mann, as they look to drive the Club forward and improve the experience enjoyed by the Club’s coaches, players and families.
When asked to comment on his appointment Andy responded, “I am both excited and honoured to have this new opportunity and keen to repay the faith the Trustees have shown in me. St Albans City Youth FC has been a huge part of my life and I am very much looking forward to beginning my new role and taking the Club forward. One of my first priorities is to deliver the Club’s new Organisational structure that I hope will increase efficiency and streamline decision making.”
Andy officially begins his new role on 1st August but until then he will continue to act as one of the Club’s most active volunteers as he works alongside Club Secretary Ian Woods on delivering new initiatives on compliance and governance within the Club.
Sam Mardle, Chair of Trustees at City Youth commented, “The Club’s Board of Trustees have had a long-term strategy to prepare the football club and charity not only for today but to safeguard and prepare it for a bright and successful future. Running an organisation which has engagement with around 1,500 participants weekly, requires a huge amount of dedication – and I believe taking such a huge step forward will see the club and charity reap the rewards in the near future. We are delighted to both welcome Andy on board and also to have to have secured someone of his calibre for the role. I have known Andy for several years, working with him in a voluntary capacity so I am well aware of his passion and professionalism and am extremely excited for the future.”