Ottery chairman speaks about the ‘road map’ to a bright future

Seaton 1st team meet Ottery St Mary 1st on Saturday, March 16. Picture: Sue McCabe

Seaton 1st team meet Ottery St Mary 1st on Saturday, March 16. Picture: Sue McCabe - Credit: Picture: Sue McCabe

As the football season enters its final weeks [the campaign will be all done and dusted by early May], the Ottery ladies will then have a break before returning to action, preparing, hopefully, for life at a higher level.

Team boss – and also Ottery St Mary Football Club chairman – Mike Ringer says: “I must admit, after many moons in the game, I always try to give myself a full month – at least – away from the game.

“It’s all for selfish reasons, mind you, and, based on previous years with the Otterettes, I doubt the girls will let me!

“By that I mean they are so keen that I don’t doubt there will be a big demand for close season regular meetings to keep up levels of fitness – and to keep developing individual and collective skills.”

Moving away from the ladies’ football and onto the bigger picture of the club as a whole, Mike says: “Ottery St Mary Football Club really is a ‘sleeping giant’.

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“We do have in place what we call a ‘road map to the future’ and we are making progress in line with how we hoped to when we sat down and drew up the map.

“The next step in terms of the club progress is to secure step seven football.

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“With the Under-18s already in place, the next natural step is to introduce a development team as a step from U18 into the first team.

“It’s all about getting players wanting to and capable of playing at the pinnacle.

“In terms of a 10-year plan, we do target getting back into the Western League with regard to the men’s senior side.”

He continued: “We are hoping to introduce a director of football soon that will oversee the complete football structure from the Under-7s through to the first team.”

The club chairman, and ladies’ team head coach, is keen to get local businesses on board.

He says: “Attracting new sponsors is certainly key to our future. We already enjoy the support of some local businesses and we are keen to continue to develop both those current relationships and indeed, create more to the mutual benefit of the sponsors, the wider Ottery community and, of course, our club.”

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