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New Brighton Rangers Proposal Merge 2 existing clubs, Rangers Association Football Club and New Brighton Association Football Club to create one new club Reasons for merger Create attractive viable option for football in eastern suburbs region

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New Brighton


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  • Merge 2 existing clubs, Rangers Association Football Club and New Brighton Association Football Club to create one new club

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Reasons for merger

  • Create attractive viable option for football in eastern suburbs region

  • Combine one club with strong asset base with another with strong balance sheet

  • Rationalize club size to be more competitive

  • Lessen burden on club volunteers and organizers

  • Follow greater New Zealand Football strategic plan to reduce and strengthen local football clubs

  • Appeal to council and enable a new 10 year plan to capitalize on the additional ground available for future

  • development

  • To guarantee future survival of both clubs

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  • Playing numbers in both clubs have a declining trend

  • Demographics have changed – more rugby/league orientated residents

  • Volunteer numbers are near crisis point

  • New Brighton sits about 10th Rangers sits about 13th with regard to player numbers – if merged new club

  • would sit about 3rd

  • Club profiles viewed by the public and potential sponsors tend to relate to the senior men's profile – New

  • Brighton do not have premier league status Rangers finished in last position in 2007

  • Players are now more mobile therefore do not necessarily play for local club – will play for the best

  • New Brighton and Rangers are no longer in an area with large football numbers to sustain 2 clubs

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  • Stronger club

  • Greater financial stability

  • Improved funding sources and opportunities

  • Simplified management and administration

  • Stronger management committee

  • Greater support from local government

  • Potential growth in localized area

  • Greater sponsorship potential

  • More attractive to players

  • Opportunity to create a new “Brand”

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Perceived Disadvantages

  • Loss of local identity

  • Historic reaction to change

  • Potential domination of one club or the other

    These although important, must not hinder progress

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Individual Assets

New Brighton

  • Across the board participation –juniors, men's, women’s, Sunday league

  • Indoor training facility

  • Guaranteed rental income

  • Large playing facilities – Bexley

  • Minimal Liabilities

  • Good potential to increase playing facilities


  • Mainland Premier position

  • Good participation – juniors, men's, women’s

  • Strong balance sheet – ability to convert asset to cash

  • Flexibility to enable shift

  • Strong local trust relationship through Linfield Sport

  • Large Playing facilities – Cuthbert's Green

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How it would work

  • Forming the new club

  • Governance

  • Linfield Cultural Recreational Sports Club (Linfield Sport)

  • Football Development

  • Playing and Training

  • Clubrooms

  • Name

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Forming New Club

  • Both clubs would eventually cease to exist

  • Existing contracts cancelled

  • New identity formed and registered with Mainland and New Zealand Football

  • New administration formed and coaches appointed

  • Separate trusts formed to house individual assets for a trial period (Bexley facilities, sale of Eric Adam Park)

  • Bexley, Cuthbert's Green, and Linfield facilities used by new club

  • Results of investment made by Rangers trust go into running new club

  • Club to operate under Linfield Cultural Recreational Sport Club Inc umbrella and Linfield Sport to employ development manager – costs incurred covered by grants through operating club.

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  • A board of 6 – 8 people elected to administer new club

  • Major operational areas managed by sub committees lead by the board and assisted if necessary by Linfield Sport staff

  • An independent chairman would need to be appointed during the first few years of merger

  • Day to day running of the club done by Linfield Sport

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Linfield Cultural Recreational Sports Club

  • Administration base for individual sports clubs and community groups.

  • Specialize in administrative duties, financial management and planning

    - administration support (order placing, receiving goods, account preparation, subs invoicing, banking reconciliation, financial audits, meeting space)

    - football support (provide development manager, resources for development manager, administration support, office space)

  • Currently service about 3000 members from 7 various clubs. Our clubrooms offer a fantastic social environment for club functions

    These services are funded by application to trust prepared by Linfield Sport on behalf of

    football and claimed as required

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Football Development

  • Both clubs have upwardly skewed player base – strong social emphasis

  • Develop strong junior and youth programs

  • Develop quality coaching programs which align with Mainland and NZ Football programs

  • Provide the best playing, training and after match facilities

  • Attract premier men and women throughout Canterbury and the upper south island

  • New “super club” theme will move the club into the new modern era

  • Attract 15 – 19 year old boys and girls

  • The eastern side of town will have a strong football presence

    • New club

    • Canterbury United Academy

    • Other local clubs e.g. Burwood, Parklands

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Playing and Training

  • Bexley and Cuthbert's Green will be used for training and playing

  • Increase lighting levels at both facilities to assist training

  • Linfield Sport will have 2 high quality football grounds - by 2010 they will be available to play on

  • Both fields will be lit to appropriate operating standard to play on

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  • The current Bexley clubrooms will remain as a clubroom for use after training and on Sundays for the Sunday league and women's leagues.

  • On Saturday game days the modern Linfield Sport clubrooms will be used for all after match functions

  • All junior teams of the week will be held at the Linfield Sports clubrooms

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  • A complete new identity is the best way to combine the two traditional clubs

  • A new logo will have to be developed – one that assists with providing a new more modern image. Many options have been suggested such as New Brighton Rangers, Pegasus, Eastern Suburbs, Eastern Bays

  • Ultimately the decision is up to the new members.

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Goals of new club

  • To be up and running for the 2008 season

  • To consistently be one of the top 3 clubs in Christchurch in terms of playing numbers, teams and results

  • Both men's and women's 1st teams to play in highest leagues available

  • Men's 1st team to be placed in the top 4 of Mainland Premier League (MPL) in its inaugural season and 1st by 2010. Also to reach open round of Chatham Cup.

  • Women's 1st team to be placed first in the 2008 Women's Premier League (WPL). Also to reach open round of Uncle Toby’s

  • All other competitive and non competitive teams to be placed mid table or higher from 2008 and beyond

  • Sunday league team to be placed 1st in 2008