Steelmen’s drive to get community more involved

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THE new owner of Corby Town has spoken publicly for the first time about his desire to grow the club in a growing town and bring it closer to the community.

Leicestershire-based businessman Kevin Ingram completed his takeover of the Steelmen on Friday and unveiled his plans at a press conference yesterday.

He spoke of his aim to make the club more community-focused, with new junior teams and better links with schools and businesses.

And he revealed he would be dropping all ticket prices and letting under-16s into games for free.

Mr Ingram said he was attracted to Corby because of the improvements which have already been made in the town and the potential for further growth.

He said he was not at the club for personal gain, and ultimately wants it to become a Community Interest Company – a social enterprise which uses its profits for the good of the public.

Asked what attracted him to the club, Mr Ingram said: “It is the town of Corby. I have learned about what is happening in Corby and the future is very exciting. I feel it is a unique opportunity.

“Corby is coming from a very long way behind and has a long way to go. It has so much in front of it.

“We need to boost community development and commercial development. A key mantra is sustainability. I want to remove the volatility of previous seasons.

“It has to be a long-term commitment. You need to lay the foundations now. We need to do this properly on a transparent, ethical basis.

“I think off the pitch is the biggest challenge, where we have got to plan for growth and sustainability. Those are the right things to do for the club.”

Mr Ingram also said he would be speaking to the newly-established Corby Town Supporters Trust about the possibility of getting a member on the board.

He said: “There is very much a place at the top table for someone from the trust.”

Match ticket prices will drop from £11 to £10 and season ticket prices will also be cut, although the price for these is yet to be decided.

Mr Ingram also unveiled former Northampton Town boss Ian Sampson as the Steelmen’s new manager.