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Promotion will create opportunity - Diamonds Chairman

From the wreckage of Rushden and Diamonds a new club has risen and this week it found itself reaching new levels.  

AFC Rushden and Diamonds sealed promotion from the United Counties League.

Chairman Ralph Burditt was in determined mood just days after their elevation was confirmed and he expressed his hope that the success would help him build on the ethos that the club was founded upon.

And that ethos is clear to see in the clubs mission statement on their website, something Burditt is keen to continue showing the local community.

"You can see it clearly in our mission statement.  We were formed to give local players a chance to play football at the highest level and this promotion allows us to offer this and we want to give local footballers a pathway into our first team.

Obviously in time we would love to offer them a chance of progression into the professional game but for now the pinnacle we can offer is the first team"

A busy summer lies ahead for Burditt and the supporter owned Diamonds.  Although, in his words, "every summer is busy at the football club", however he did reveal some ambitious plans for the coming months.

"This summer will be busy, more than usual.  We want to make sure our ground not reaches, but exceeds he standard required and we are looking to apply to get a youth team in the Football Conference Youth Alliance, which will be a big step for our club"

Burditt was honest enough to admit that the phoenix club were not looking to replicate what had gone before.  However he is hoping that lessons could be learned from the loss of the former club.

"We are not aspiring to be Rushden and Diamonds, this promotion is a big step on the way back but we want to aspire to bring the good elements of what went before.  However we want to add in the values we find important, the biggest value being finding a place in our community and that is something we must continue to do"

Far from setting ambitious goals for the new campaign in a higher division, Burditt is looking forward to consulting with supporters, who are of course the owners of the club.

"I have my goals in mind and all I can do is recommend them to our supporters, who are the owners after all.  We will discuss it with them, they may disagree but the key aim is to serve them and ensure the aims meet the needs of our club"

The Football League may be a few steps away but this is one Phoenix that is certain to keep on rising

Interview: Mark Carruthers

Image: Wikipedia

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