Redditch United Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Jacintha Hodgson as Managing Director.
The recruitment of Jacintha signals the intent of Chairman, Chris Swan, who has a clear and long-term ambition of helping Redditch United progress and become successful both on and off the pitch.
He said: “I am pleased that Jacintha has agreed to join us at The TRICO Stadium. I have known Jacintha for many years and trust her to use both her professional and personal attributes to make a positive difference for both the club and the town of Redditch.”
A director of Redditch YMCA since 2001, Jacintha attended the first fixture under the chairmanship of Chris and his wife, Sallie, in 2011 and revealed that she immediately recognised the chairman’s aims and ambitions for the club. She said she is “thrilled” to now be in a position help the club achieve its goals:
“I understand the vision they held together in building a community base, which offered a range of services to develop our next generation to grow and prosper.
“The introduction of a state-of-the-art 3G pitch, for example, has been a game-changer; it now allows 1,000 young people to play football on a weekly basis. Having these fantastic facilities available is very important, as it will not only help improve members of our academy section become first-team regulars in the future, but it will encourage young people in Redditch to join them.”
The community and the younger generation, in particular, will be strong focuses for Jacintha, who has three sons that have had a "great start to life in Redditch". She added: “I am from an NHS background, where the topic of health among children was a prevalent conversation.
“To combat the rise of obesity, as well as cancer and diabetes that are linked to it, Redditch United can offer a solution, in partnership with the local health economy and local authority.
“I want to see every young person in Redditch have a great start to life, understand how they belong in the community; therefore, we need to forge closer links with schools, colleges and the wider community – in fact, I have already had initial conversations with school officials to see how we can work with them as part of the children’s curriculum.”
Jacintha also explained how she envisages the club becoming sustainable, to ensure the town of Redditch has a football club it can be proud of: “Every business needs to make a profit; otherwise, they disappear.
“We want this club to be around for a long time, so I am accepting the baton to make sure that happens. We want to develop new projects, as well as generate success on it, so part of my remit will be to ensure we have the resources and funding available to achieve that.”
In a senior management restructure, General Manager, David Tittershill, has been named as Commercial and Community Director.
David said he was “excited” by the new challenges that are in-front of him and was eager to get started: “I am delighted to be presented with this opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with Chris, Jacintha and the Board of Directors, to grow the club’s profile and status further.”
Updated 10:19 - 25 Apr 2018 by Tom Henman