I’ll continue playing’ says new PHC boss
Jonathan Ball is determined not let his administrative duties as PHC’s newly-elected president interrupt his football career.
The 28-year old Zebras defender made history as he was voted in as the club’s youngest leader during the club’s AGM earlier this week.
Ball defeated incumbent Chris Furbert in a close election for the top post.
After the dust settled, Ball vowed to continue lacing up his boots for the Premier Division team.
“I have every intention to continue to play football for PHC,” he declared. “Obviously this new position will take priority as I believe it’s pivotal that PHC has a solid foundation for future generations.”
Ball defeated Furbert. who served as PHC’s president for more than a decade, 31-26 at Monday’s AGM.
“I think that the membership wanted a change of perspective,” he said of his successful bid for the presidency. “I’m excited to facilitate this change of direction.”
Ball said being given the opportunity to lead a prestigious club was a “humbling experience” and he was confident he would be equal to the task.
“I am young but I’m also capable due to the solid support network at Pembroke Hamilton Club,” he said. “I’m looking forward to hearing from both the younger and older members so that we can find a solution that brings success to PHC. It’s definitely a humbling experience to lead such a prestigious club in Bermuda.”
Ball has already established some short term goals.
He hopes to bolster his club’s membership and coaching staff at the junior level.
He also wants to establish better communication with his membership, the community and the corporate sector.
“I think transparency is key to any organisation and I aim to promote that during my tenure,” he said.
Ball also hopes to overcome a major stumbling block that has prevented PHC from maximising use of its Stadium Lane, Warwick ground.
“One of the main issues that has prevented PHC from fully utilising the field at Stadium Lane is due to the lack of fencing,” he explained. “Fundraising for this initiative is high on the priority list.”
Under Furbert’s leadership, PHC embarked on an ambitious three-phase development plan to upgrade its sporting complex at Stadium Lane in 2000.
The first phase entailed resurfacing the playing surface and installation of a new lighting system.
The second phase of the development plan, which is already years behind schedule, involves the construction of a multipurpose facility that will seat as many as 2,500 people and include a health club and a youth club.
To date PHC have yet to secure funding for this phase of the project.
The third and final phase entails the construction of additional changing rooms and seating on the eastern side of the ground.
Ball hopes to see a clubhouse built in the near future and also listed economic viability, good governance, quality facilities and quality relationships among his administration’s top priorities.
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