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Hereford United director Nick Nenadich gives his View from Edgar Street
12:00pm Thursday 31st January 2013 in Sport
EACH of the directors brings a different skill set to the boardroom and I passionately believe promoting the role that the club can play in the community is a key element.
Hereford United is a fantastic medium for community groups to do some of the things they want to do.
It can be just about asset sharing, something as simple as a group of disabled men who were looking for somewhere they could meet and have something to eat and drink.
When the players finish training their parking spaces become available, right next to Addisons, which is absolutely perfect for them.
We also have a stroke group who just want a room to practise speech recovery.
This is easy for us as a club but important for them and recognises their simple needs.
We have partnered ACT, a social training agency, to stage a Dignity Day at the Starlite Rooms tomorrow (Friday) which we are linking with the Respect campaign in football.
It’s a chance to remind people that they have a role to play in respecting the dignity of everyone in the community, not just our able-bodied friends and relatives but everyone in society.
Is there anything more important at an individual level?
The morning session, featuring speakers of the calibre of Clive Richards and Simon Weston, will focus on dignity for people with dementia, carers and disablilities and how employers can make an important difference.
Later, our club captain Luke Graham will look at respect and dignity in sport, something the FA are very keen to promote. This is just one of the types of event which we want to stage to broaden our activities and community responsibilities.
During the summer, we are to stage a concert with the National Youth Orchestra and hope to tie that in with something involving the 1,000-member choir which sang at last summer’s Jubilee Day event on the King George’s Playing Fields.
It’s all about helping the profile of Hereford, in general, and the football club, in particular, as a place where we can do different things.
We want to work together with the family of football in Herefordshire.
There are things that we can do together with clubs like Westfields and Pegasus and we now have a much closer relationship with these clubs and the Herefordshire Football Association, all key players in the county.
Those of you who know me will remember that my sporting background as a player was in rugby and cricket but I do have an FA coaching badge!
I gained that working as a PE teacher in the 80s; most of my working life was spent working with young people and I’m trying to use the understanding that I gained within the football club.
Young players, such as Harry Pell when he signed for us, are often a long way from home and can be lonely, home-sick and have a lot of time to spend on their own.
It turned out that Harry was lodging just around the corner from me and my family so I told him that he should drop in at any time if he wanted some company.
We’ve built a good rapport and Harry is a smashing lad - but it’s all part of being within the wider community and making people feel they are important in what we are trying to achieve.
Harry will tell you the people of Herefordshire have had a huge impact on him personally. He has loved his time here. If we are to attract players, they need to know there is a good culture of respect in Herefordshire and as individuals they will be welcomed.