9gc Group have been shareholders in the Darlington Football Club (CIC) since the rebirth of the club last summer, having been relegated four divisions from the Football Conference.
Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (WGPH, Ticker: WGF1) have announced the Group’s financial results for the year ended 31 December 2012. WGPH is the holding company of the Williams group of companies, which includes Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited and Williams Hybrid Power Limited.
9gc Ltd are delighted to announce the launch of our sports business consultancy aimed at assisting professional sports clubs in all aspects of their operations.
Well it’s been a very busy week for me, especially with my 9 Hockey Management situation with Jesse Schultz and the Braehead Clan. Jesse’s decision was very much a surprise to me, as well as Kirsty Longmuir, Jordan Krestanovich and Neil Black. Jesse has decided to join the Rapid City Rush who I would class as one of the best organisation’s in the Central Hockey League.
From the moment Milano Rossoblu decided to release Jesse, he’d made me aware he wanted to return to Rapid City after such a successful season during 2011/12. However at that time the Rush didn’t have a free roster spot so decided not to make a move. So I started talking to a number of European teams, Braehead confirmed their interest, terms were agreed and a contract was signed and returned.
Everything proceeded normally as they do in these situations, Jesse went through his visa application process and flights were booked. So when I received his email last week to say he was no longer joining the Clan, I was far from impressed.
Unfortunately in hockey business these things happen, however it’s how clubs and players manage them that is important. Jesse hadn’t advised me that he was negotiating directly with Rapid City, so that in theory can damage my relationship with Braehead. He’d committed to a contract with the Clan, they’d made a financial investment in him (visa, work permit, ITC, flight costs), rightly so they weren’t happy.
Even as an agent I believe it is imperative to stand by what is right, even if a client of mine is wrong! If a player has been ‘screwed’ by a club I would always stand by my client. However these situations work both ways, if a player ‘screws’ a club over, the club rightly should pursue this further and ask for compensation or even block the transfer through the relevant governing bodies.
At no time was the two week notice period invoked by Jesse that is standard in most British Elite League contracts. This obviously works well for clubs wanting to release guys, but at the same time plays straight into a players hand. In Europe the majority of teams would have to buy a player out of his contract if they wanted to release him or vice versa if a player wanted to leave a club he would possibly have to buy himself out of his contract.
I have no issue at all with Jesse joining Rapid City, they are a great organisation and a successful one at that, however ethics must come into matters such as these. I understand losing players while under contract is becoming more and more of an issue with for a number of European clubs and especially Central Hockey League clubs.
From discussions I’ve had this week we may see this escalated to the IIHF, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey for some sort of agreement or regulation. I do think it’s important going forward purely for players and clubs to understand where they stand plus to do’s and do not’s.
At the weekend I am heading to see Darlington FC take on Durham City AFC in the Ebac Northern League Division 1. Having been born in Darlington, I have always kept a lookout for their results during their days in League 2 and the Conference National.
However following relegation to the Conference North at the end of last season, the club went bankrupt due to varying financial constraints. A consortium was formed to buy the club with the hope of keeping them in the Conference North, however the Football Association took the decision to demote then four divisions to the Northern League.
When the opportunity came up to invest in the club through the Community Interest Company that had been setup, it was an opportunity I felt 9gc couldn’t pass up. We’d previously invested money in Conference National club, Ebbsfleet United, but the opportunity to do something ‘closer to home’ was something I decided to pursue.
Darlington 1883 FC, as they are now officially know as, are currently top of the Ebac Northern League Division 1 four points ahead of Spennymoor Town as they look to get promoted to the Evo-Stick Northern Premier League Division One North at the first attempt.
If you’re around the Durham area on Saturday, get down to New Ferens Park for 3.00pm to see Darlington take on Durham City.
9gc are delighted to announce that the group have acquired shares in Williams Grand Prix Holdings, the public limited company of the Williams F1 team.
The 9gc Group are delighted to announce that we recently acquired a shareholder stake in the community interest company of Darlington 1883 Football Club.
The 9gc Group have taken the difficult decision to sever ties with Blue Square Premier football club, Ebbsfleet United.
9gc have been a shareholder with the Kent outfit since the MyFootballClub community took over the club in 2007.
9gc Ltd is the parent company for the 9gc Group of Companies but also acts as a business consultancy for organisations looking for innovative new ways of growing their business or consolidating their current working practices.
We are highly experienced in all commerical and administration aspects of business from financial management, sales strategies to improving your brand awareness.
Below are the various services 9gc Ltd can offer you and your business:-
Sports Business Consultancy
The 9gc Ltd sports business consultancy is aimed at assisting professional sports clubs in all aspects of their commercial operations.
Our consultants have an impressive 30 years collective experience in the sports market, having been involved in professional football and ice hockey at the highest levels.
Prior to launching this specific service we have already enjoyed working relationships notably with the Newcastle Vipers Ice Hockey Club (British Elite League), Morzine-Avoriaz Ice Hockey Club (French Ligue Magnus), Northern Stars Ice Hockey Club (English National League), Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Club (British Elite League) and Slough Jets Ice Hockey Club (English Premier League).
Revenue generation and constant promotion is imperative to every sporting organisation in the highly competitive market where various entertainment businesses are vying for their customers ‘disposable income’.
Through our vast expertise of the sports market, our services are designed to help your business grow and development, while providing the important services that are also affordable to you.
We provide a very personal and professional service, operating with total discretion and allowing you the important input and interaction to achieve your businesses goal and objectives.
What can 9gc Ltd do for you?
- Commercial sales strategy (i.e. improving ticket sales, promotional offers, sponsorship sourcing)
- Financial management (i.e. cash flow budgeting, forecasting, cash flow management, management accounting)
- Networking management (i.e. networking events, relationship management with corporate partners)
- Administration ( i.e. player and staff contract negotiation, player registration documentation)
- Club website development and management
- Generate media releases
- Social media management and strategy
- Website content preparation
- Email Marketing
If you would like to discuss how 9gc Ltd can assist your sporting organisation, please feel free to contact Gareth Chalmers on +44 (0) 773 684 6087 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.