Greater Manchester night-time economy adviser Sacha Lord is to become the new chairman of Wythenshawe Amateurs Football Club.
Co-founder of Parklife and The Warehouse Project, Sacha joins the board as current chairman Carl Barratt steps down after several years at the helm.
The club’s first team secured the NWCFL First Division South title with a 4-0 win against Foley Meir, gaining automatic promotion to the NW Counties Premier Division League (Step 5).
Sacha, who was born in Wythenshawe and is an avid Manchester United fan and supporter of grass-roots football, has attended several Ammies games over the past few months and said: “I’ve been aware of the Ammies for some years now after many friends watched the team during the COVID-19 pandemic from the hill in Hollyhedge Park when games were being held behind closed doors.
“When the opportunity arose to take over the reins this was something I couldn’t turn down, especially in such an exciting time for the club, following promotion.
“I’m looking forward to helping to lead the next part of the journey at Wythenshawe. The club has so much potential, and along with the board, has plans to grow attendance and improve the overall experience for fans and visitors, making this a thriving ground with a hugely diverse fanbase.”
Current chairman Carl Barratt said: “The board and I are incredibly excited to take the club forward with Sacha at the helm. We’re proud of what we have achieved since opening our new home at Hollyhedge Park and are delighted that Sacha has identified for himself the true potential of our community owned club.
“Sacha will be joining us following the recent news that we have had approval by the FA, Lancashire County FA and all 14 leagues to remove the word ‘Amateurs’ from our name to reflect the progress the club has made, and we’ll shortly commence rebranding across all our platforms.
“Wythenshawe means the world to me, and I cannot stress enough my enthusiasm and support for Sacha and his plans for the club. He has a superb track record of building destination venues with passionate and active communities, and I know that we’re in very capable hands when I hand over the baton in the coming weeks.”
Carl will remain as vice chairman of the board and chairman of the club’s junior section.
He added: “We also wanted to say a huge thank you to all of our fans as the season draws to a close. As a token of our appreciation, we’ll be providing food and drink vouchers for Saturday’s game against Pilkington FC.
“Sacha’s Warehouse Project team will also be on-site running hospitality for this game …. it’s a solid moment in our history – the highest we’ve ever been – and carries on our success in not having ever been relegated in our 77 years as a club.”
Wythenshawe Amateurs was formed in 1946. It has 60 separate teams including junior boys and girls teams starting from age three, also a thriving women’s section.
The stadium, based in Hollyhedge Park was built in 2017 and seats 150 people. It was opened by Bryan Robson in May 2018.
Shane Goldrick currently manages Wythenshawe Amateurs.Back