Following head coach Mark Clifford’s takeover of the club, Ilkeston Town have outlined further plans for the future, including the unveiling of a new club crest.
As well as highlighting the drive for self-sustainability, the following has been laid out by the club:
The business model itself will incorporate a full new re-brand of the club, creating a professional look, whilst also embedding important parts of both the clubs and town history within it.
The plan also will involve major re-developments around the stadium along with a new 4g playing surface, this will limit disruptions to the playing schedule, whilst also creating a significant income stream.
There will also be new energy efficient LED floodlight system, new full time sports bar, excellent corporate hospitality and function areas and new changing rooms.
The existing clock tower stand will remain and become offices for the staff of Ilkeston Town F.C and a new club shop. There are also discussions currently ongoing into the possibility of pitch side LED advertising to replace the boards currently being offered.
The industrial and office units that will be located around the exterior of the New Manor Ground will bring in large rental incomes, which will also go towards the running the club. The playing side shall not be affected in anyway and the club are always looking for ways to improve the squad and progress through the league pyramid but in doing so will NOT jeopardise the stability of the club moving forward.
Everyone at Ilkeston Town F.C are confident that the club will now be run as a business (soon to be profitable) and that the large investments coming in will be spent creating something special that will stand the test of time.
We would like to confirm that the club aim to use local businesses and supporters in the day to day running of the club wherever possible and we will be working side by side with both the junior section and ladies team in order to create one big family.
We are also implementing plans to introduce an academy to the club in the not-too-distant future. A committee will soon be in place and we would like the supporters to be a part of this.