Changing of the North Riding Guard

Incoming North Riding County FA Chief Executive, Steven Wade, says he will strive to make the local football body ‘fit for purpose’ as he prepares to take over the local football reins.

The 38yr old, who first joined North Riding FA as a Football Development Officer in 2005, will take over the operation of grassroots football in the county when current Chief Executive, Tom Radigan, steps down in June.

Wade says, “I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity by the Board of Directors at North Riding County FA to take over as Chief Executive. I would like to thank Tom for his hard work and dedication during his time in the role and for the support that he has provided to me personally.

I am very excited by the challenge and look forward to leading the business over the coming years. It is imperative that we continue to modernise and listen to the changing needs of our players, coaches, referees and volunteers so that we remain at the forefront of developing and administering local football. My role is to ensure that the County FA is ‘fit for purpose’ to meet the demands of modern day football. Our goal must be to ensure that the thousands of people who are involved in football across the county on a weekly basis have the best possible experience and support.”

The change will come at the county FA AGM on 12 June.  On leaving, Radigan says, “The FA is currently undergoing great change and I had to decide whether I wanted to be a part of that. The change would involve a large amount of adaptation to new processes and methodology and I thought it would be better for football in the county for new blood to embrace this.

North Riding FA is safe hands with Steven. He has huge experience of local football in the county due to his time as county Football Development Officer and then Football Development Manager.”

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