Details of a change of ownership at Kidderminster Harriers….
By Matty Paddock - 17/10/2019
Posted 10 months ago
KIDDERMINSTER Harriers FC can today announce that the Club is under new ownership following its successful sale to a Consortium of local business people, headed up by Kidderminster-born businessman Richard Lane.
Richard is the owner of a 30-year-old leading technology firm EBC Group which specialises in office Cloud technology encompassing multiple data centres across the UK.
The new owners are committed to keeping the football club at Aggborough for the foreseeable future.
The plans are to further develop Aggborough by generating additional income from local businesses with the intentions of making the Club self-sustainable and achieving long-term success both on and off the field.
They also want to strengthen KHFC’s position as one of the biggest exponents of football provision, education and employment opportunities in the Wyre Forest.
The strength of that work across the club and its Community Trust saw Harriers named Community Club of the Year in 2019, and it is this platform the club is looking to build on.
“We can see the enormous potential here for the club to do something very special in the community.” Richard Lane
Richard Lane said today: “I grew up less than a mile from Aggborough, and started watching the club when I was two with my father, ‘Rocky’ Lane. His years of enthusiasm for the club concluded with him becoming a Director a few years later, to which I am very proud, especially when I reflect on what the Football Club achieved in his tenure.
“We can see the enormous potential here for the club to do something very special in the community.
“There are some immediate challenges ahead of us, namely ensuring that the club is stable and self-sufficient, not just for now, but for the future, so that the club’s supporters have a team to watch and a club to support for many more years to come, that is our only immediate priority.
“I know this is a tight-knit community, and we’ll need that togetherness. The manager and team will need it on the pitch as we drive success off the pitch to keep the club moving forward and thriving.
“Winning Community Club of the Year was a fantastic achievement for everyone here, but it is important we continue and build on that work with local children, businesses and charities.
“I know this is a tight-knit community, and we’ll need that togetherness.
“A successful, sustainable football club can help bring together a community and that’s what we want to create.”
The club wishes to place on record its thanks to previous owner, Colin Gordon. While Colin will no longer have a role at the football club, he will work as a consultant to the new owners.
“Before the year is out, we will bring together a new Board of Directors at the club; it will be made up of like-minded local business people with passion for football and the community.”
Today’s announcement comes as the club continues to finalise the last of the formalities surrounding the takeover which includes dialogue with the National League.
We are excited to say that considerable progress has been made towards making some important signings for the team, which we hope to be able to confirm shortly.
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