Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 32

Plymouth Parkway FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/FOOTYFOCUSMAG Plymouth Parkway FOOTBALL CLUB Plymouth Parkway FC has made a fantastic start to their season this time with a record breaking run in their league. Football Focus Magazine recently caught up with their Chairman Mark Russell to gain an insight into their success. Involvement He started by telling us about his involvement at the club, saying, “I got involved with Plymouth Parkway in April 2016, when I was asked if I would be interested in merging my previous club, Bar Sol Ona, with Plymouth Parkway. The two clubs had been growing at a reasonable rate for some time and they undoubtedly had the potential for further growth too. However, the merger was a fantastic opportunity for everybody involved, as it provided an even greater scope for growth and improved our chances of future success. As a result, the decision of whether or not to merge with Plymouth Parkway 32 Issue 75 was an easy one to make and to ensure that my on-going involvement remained meaningful, I was appointed as Chairman in June 2016.” The Role “In many ways, the challenges of the role are the most rewarding as there is nothing quite as fulfilling, for example, as trying to get new sponsors on-board and successfully doing so. H aving said that, it is still a relatively stressful process and it does not always go the way we’d like it to. Another particularly difficult challenge is finding reliable volunteers for match days. A lot of fans are enthusiastic and want to get involved, but sometimes life gets in the way or the day comes and they don’t quite feel up to it. It’s unfortunate, but these things happen and we just have to get on with it. Match days are busy enough as it is and you just have to know which issues can be resolved and which you have to work around.” Support “Fortunately, we get great support from the fans so even when everything is going wrong we still have them cheering us on. We also have the unwavering support of various volunteers, such as the club secretary, Genny Turner, and groundsman, Garry Turner, volunteers on match days like Colin and Mike who