Leatherhead Chairman Peter Ashdown to step down after seven years in the position.

Ashdown announced the decision in a statement on the club’s website.

It read “After just over 7 years in the post, and after much consideration I have decided Ileatherhead will not be making myself available to be re-elected as Chairman of Leatherhead Football Club at the AGM on 28 July 2016.

It has been a privilege and an honour to have served the club during this period. It has been challenging particularly after the floods of December 2013, but generally enjoyable – there being the inevitable highs and lows associated with a Non League football club, but far more highs than lows!.

We have managed a good degree of stability on the playing front appointing just three managers during that period, and having established ourselves in the top half of the Premier Division over the last two seasons, the club has made good progress.

Whilst inevitably the clubs success tends to be measured by the performance of the 1st team, the formation and development of a very strong youth section – none existed 6 years ago, has been of particular interest to me, as without the strong foundations of youth football there is no possibility of young local players making their way up the football ladder into 1st team football.

The creation and growth of the LFC Academy has also been a great success.

Having made my decision, I felt it right to give good notice before the AGM, thus allowing good time for plans to be put in place for next season.

Richard Brady has indicated an enthusiasm and willingness, to take on the job of Chairman, subject of course to the approval of the members at the AGM.

He has offered to help with the close season work, and planning for the 2016/17 season. I shall of course continue to support the club in the future, and offer help wherever I can.

Enjoy your summer

Peter Ashdown”

Source: leatherheadfootballclub.co.uk

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