Andy Cheshire has been appointed by Curzon Ashton FC as the National League North club’s new Community Development Manager, with a brief to create and facilitate community-driven projects in Ashton and throughout Tameside.

Andy, who only started in the roll this week, will be out and about in the community building partnerships and getting hands-on with projects, developing new links and projects and enhancing the brand of Curzon Ashton FC whilst doing so.

Based at the clubs Tameside Stadium, Andy will work with all the diverse aspects of the community to organise a series of all encompassing family, charity and organizational based events and training to encourage people to take part in sport and have healthier lifestyles in general.

Andy, brings with him a wealth of experience, based on an extensive background in community relations roles. Prior to moving to Curzon Ashton, Andy worked in gang intervention in Glasgow and managed two community centres and a library in the North of Glasgow, before being recruited to the position of Community & Education Manager with FC United of Manchester, where key aspects of his responsibility was the development and implementation of the club’s community activities across Greater Manchester.

Speaking about his new role within Curzon Ashton FC, Andy told how he was looking forward to getting out and about in Tameside. “The club have had another solid season at the highest level they’ve ever played and so this is the next development at the club and we hope both off field and on field success will ensure higher gates filled with local residents for the seasons ahead.”

“ My job now is to build on that success, within the community and through our joint participation in a programme of wide ranging events; not only football based. By working closely together we can build long-lasting and stable relationships with the local communities. It is also an opportunity for us to let the young people’s parents know about who we are, our ethos, along other community events that we attend or that we host.”

Over the next few weeks, Andy intends to contact as many community groups as he can to explore different paths to provide opportunities for our local people. He hopes to develop a wide range of partnerships with schools, colleges, charities and other organisations to further enhance Curzon Ashton’s reputation as a community based, family friendly football club.

And to that end we wish him and the club well.