Holyport putting the foundations in place to compete at a higher level

Holyport FC are putting the foundations in place to ‘progress and develop’ after the club’s promotion to a new Combined Counties Division was confirmed by the FA last month.

It’s now been confirmed that Port will play alongside the likes of Windsor and Burnham in a newly formed Combined Counties Premier Division North league after being moved out of Hellenic League Division 1 East following a country-wide restructure of steps 4-6.

They are one of the winners of this summer’s restructure, which will see 107 clubs promoted across the pyramid based on their points-per-game average for results over the past couple of unfinished seasons. Others include Binfield who’ll now play alongside the likes of Marlow, Thatcham Town. Basingstoke Town and Bracknell Town in the Isthmian League South Central Division. While Flackwell Heath have been moved laterally out of the Hellenic Premier Division and into the Spartan South Midlands Football League, a result of their geographical location.

Port manager Derek Sweetman released a statement this week on the big task the club has this summer to ensure they compete effectively at the level above.

“We will need to inject some new players into the squad,” he said. “We have a lot more games next season and whilst we could compete against step 5 clubs in one-off games, doing it for 38-40 league games is another story.

“Myself, Lee, Sam and Emlyn are busy and there are a lot of players out there. It is up to us to attract the right players to the squad that fit in with our plans.

“There have been lots of changes behind the scenes since we finished a few weeks ago. Emlyn has joined us as a coach, and we also have a new physio on board and a goalkeeping coach. The club are also going to announce another coach who will help with the transition between the reserves and the first team in the next few weeks.

“The club is putting in the foundations to give the players the best opportunity to progress and develop, it’s going to be a fun challenge.”

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