Former mayor joins Grantham Town Football Club to build links with the community

Ian Selby, left, shakes hands with Keith Horton, Chief Executive of Grantham Town Football Club, after becoming Director of Community Engagment.
Ian Selby, left, shakes hands with Keith Horton, Chief Executive of Grantham Town Football Club, after becoming Director of Community Engagment.
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Former Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby has taken up a position with the town’s football club.

Coun Selby, whose term as mayor ended in May, has joined Grantham Town Football Club as Director of Community 
Engagement.

His job will be to build links with the town and its surrounding district to promote the club as a family friendly and community club. He will also organise an annual pre-season open day.

Coun Selby said: “After a very busy year as the Mayor of Grantham I’m delighted to be back working at the heart of the community on a project for both Grantham Town Football Club and also for our town. This is a voluntary position so I hope the people will appreciate that my motives are purely to help our football club and our town progress and prosper.

“My ‘goals’ are to find all-inclusive ways to promote local charities and business within a football club that has such a lot of potential. I have a vision of our community enjoying sport for all ages and abilities. For example South Lincs Blind Society is keen to be involved with audio description technology. We may even play blind football with Paralympics hopefuls; just give me one good reason why not. Football is our national sport, so everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy it. I would also like to help create a women’s football team for the town. If the football club is successful then this will reflect positively on the town. The glass should always be half full, so I say to all of the people of our town, come on board and support an exciting new era for our football club and our town, especially as we are soon to have a wonderful brand new 3G artificial football pitch at the Meres”.

Club Chief Executive Keith Horton said: “I am extremely pleased that the club has been able secure the services of Ian Selby. Ian is well known throughout the town from his long standing commitment as a councillor and latterly Mayor. He will not only bring much needed experience and enthusiasm to the club as we continue to build for the future, but also his love of the town makes him the ideal person for the role. Along with other volunteers at the club we all look forward to working with our latest recruit to our Grantham Family.”