Olivier Bernard recently bought Durham City Football Club and the former Newcastle left back has a long term ambition that Durham City be a feeder club for Newcastle.
Olivier Bernard – Chairman of Durham City FC
Olivier has admitted in the Evening Chronicle today that the standard of play at City, who were founded back in 1918, is currently not good enough, but his intentions are to build up the club and it’s playing staff so
that they can become a feeder club for Newcastle United.
Durham currently play in the Northern League and Olivier’s intentions are to get them into the football league, much like Gateshead FC have done recently.
Here is a personal quote from Olivier, exclusively for this story:
“My ambitions are to bring the glory days back to the North East. The fans live for football up here and if we can nurture future England players, then we will have done a good job. “
“Too many young players do not make the grade like they used to, so we would like to help the young players from the development squads reach their potential and live their dream of playing for their boyhood club.”
The aim is to promote local football at the grassroots level in the north-east, and this could be helpful to Newcastle, and other surround local pro clubs who want to bring in local players to their clubs.
We lost Alan Shearer to the Southampton Youth Academy and then had to pay a then world record fee of £15M to get him to Newcastle in the summer of 1996, so Olivier is keen to help find and groom local players.
Durham City FC crest
Durham is now looking at ways to promote the club from both local and International companies and businessmen.
Durham is a club ran solely by volunteers and need sponsorship to help with the running costs of the club, and Olivier can then begin the work of making Durham City into a much improved side over the next few seasons, and eventually into a feeder club for professional teams, including Newcastle United.
If you can help Olivier Bernard in this very worthwhile project for the region, please contact him via his colleague at “firstname.lastname@example.org”
And if you know of any individuals or companies who would be interested in sponsoring Durham City, please send this article to them.
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