Message from the Chairman

Nigel Breddy

To all SHM Members,

I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and may I wish you a healthy and peaceful 2022.

After several months of consideration, it is with regret I have decided to step down as Chairman of Sale Harriers Manchester, effective April 2022.

This decision has not come easy, but it is now time for me to take a step back to concentrate more on my employment and other interests.

It has been an absolute honour and privilege to have been your chairman for the past four years, and I hope I have done the job justice. This is by no means a ‘goodbye’, but more of a ‘see you soon’.

As I sit back and reflect on the past several years, it brings joy to me knowing how we have progressed in terms of technology, and all the fun times we have all had.

Back in 2019 we hosted probably one of the best Gala dinners I had ever attended. The turnout was overwhelming and showed commitment from all our members. Not long thereafter we took the initiative to redesign the club’s website introducing a more modern electronic online way of renewing club memberships. A challenging task to say the least but the team involved did a splendid job for which we will all benefit.

Not everything was smooth sailing, and we were faced with the possibility of losing a large portion of Crossford Bridge to the relocation of Sale Sharks. This took a combined effort of SHM, Sale United and Old Alts. A challenge hopefully never to be repeated but by sheer determination and the help of all involved, we manged to fight off the wolf and retain the status quo.

As a result of the Sale Sharks potential relocation project, we have reconfigured the CBMA (Crossford Bridge Management Association – made up of representatives from the three main clubs using Crossford Bridge) as a charity and are about to sign a long-term lease with Trafford Council, securing our home for the foreseeable future.

These are just a few of the achievements/challenges we have faced over the past few years, and it’s been a privilege to have been involved in each and every one of them.

The final important step I need to do before I let go of the reigns is to ensure a succession plan for when I leave. SHM is entering a new phase post covid with new and somewhat different challenges which will require more of a hands-on approach. These are by no means difficult times but more positive challenges which will see the club evolve over the coming years.

This plan will first and foremost involve appointing a new Chairman. As such I am extending an invitation to any of you who may be interested in taking up this exciting and prestigious role. The role as Chairman gives you the ability to drive the club forward, with the help of our valued and very involved executive team. This role is a part time role and clearly not needed on a permanent basis.

I can honestly say being part of the Club’s committee has taught me a great many new life skills and helped shaped my character in the last several years. I by no means had the best knowledge of athletics, or even completely understood how the Club functioned before commencing the role, however I had new ideas and a more modern direction I felt the Club should progress toward, which was achieved by the help of the exec team.

So, if you have fresh ideas and are passionate about our sport, please speak to me about how you might get more involved, or ultimately take up the positive challenge of Club Chairman.

Nigel Breddy January 2022
Sale Harriers Manchester