Aaron Adams Joins Leigh Centurions Operational Board Of Directors

Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm that Aaron Adams has joined the operational board of directors with immediate effect.

Lifelong Leigh fan Adams, 48, joins Derek Beaumont (Owner), Mike Latham (Chairman), Matthew Chantler (CEO), Steve Hill and Jason Huyton on the operational board at the Club.

Adams said: “To be invited to join the operational board of my hometown club is a huge honour and I am delighted to become part of the team. To play a small part in a club that has played such a big part in my life is a truly amazing opportunity for me. I have so many memories from watching Leigh, firstly at Hilton Park with my dad and brother and in more recent years at the LSV with my daughters and nephews.

“I have been very fortunate in my career and I hope that I am able introduce some of the friends and contacts that I have made in the business world over the years to Leigh Centurions. I have been speaking to the board members regularly over the last few months which has given me opportunity to see the hard work and planning that goes on behind the scenes. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with my new colleagues to do everything to ensure the club is successful both on and off the field.

“Professional sport offers no guarantees and while there will be highs and lows along the way I am convinced that we have the right leadership to carry us forward. The same leadership that has led the team through what was an incredibly difficult time last year to reaching the play-offs this year.

“For this I commend Derek Beaumont and his board of directors and John Duffy and his coaching team. We can move into the 2020 season in a much better position thanks to their hard work and dedication.”

Adams grew up in Astley and attended St Ambrose Primary and then St Mary’s High School. For the past 30 years he has worked in construction, starting as an apprentice joiner at 16-years-of-age and progressing through into management and directorship.

Highly respected in his field he has delivered schemes throughout the North West and London such as Greenquarter, GMP Headquarters, One St Peters Square and Neo Bankside. He now holds the position as Construction Director for BCEGI, responsible for delivery of all projects across the UK and Europe.

In recent years Adams has been closely involved with the Tommy Sale MBE Youth Development Programme as a director alongside David Grime and Karen Southern. He added: “I will be maintaining my position alongside David and Karen and we will soon be announcing an enhanced programme for this year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supports TSYDP in whatever way. We are truly grateful.

“Leigh Centurions is a great club that has a bright future and I am extremely proud to be part of it.”

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “After the turmoil of the 2018 season and the aftermath of failing to make the play-offs the goal for 2019 was simply to stabilise the ship and build from there. As a board we worked hard to re-establish the club almost from scratch, not putting sponsorship or season tickets on sale until everything was resolved so for the first time in a long time all the resources went towards the current season.

“Steve Hill, as well as being principal sponsor was also a good addition to the board of directors and Jason Huyton again achieved sponsorship budgets from our loyal sponsors. Mike Latham as always worked tirelessly as chairman in particular very focussed on the accounts side of the business which has seen him undertake an immense amount of work at the same time as putting together all the press releases and our fantastic programme.

“However, at the start of the year we lost the very hard-working Steve Openshaw and despite him still helping out on various occasions behind the scenes his input has been missed. It was always therefore our intention to seek a suitable addition to our board and in Aaron we have a perfect addition. Aaron is an extremely passionate supporter of the Club which is something we all have in common. He is a very respected and well-connected businessperson within the construction industry and has provided lots of assistance to the Club, particularly in finding employment for players we have wanted to attract to the Club.

“We have also had the benefit of seeing him active within the Tommy Sale programme which is still a goal for the future of the Club to be able to establish youth academies and scholarships once we are in a position where we are able to do so and I am sure that is something Aaron will continually work towards and push hard. I am really looking forward to working with Aaron as are the rest of the board as we strive to return the club to Super League.”

Mr Beaumont added: “That mission is going to be a difficult journey, but it is one we will take wiser for the paths we have already encountered. The Betfred Championship is a very tough, competitive and challenging division. Next year we see London return with a parachute payment which will put them in a strong position. However, there will still be Toulouse pushing hard and if as I expect Toronto get promotion there will still be a competitive Featherstone Rovers building stronger. York will no doubt want to improve on their great year and despite Bradford’s troubles with their home they will look to spend more on their squad, being free from some commitments. I could go through every team as it really is a difficult competition.

“Recruitment is key and is something I have previously seen us get wrong, for which I have always taken accountability. I had a little push on at the back end of this season and despite having over-achieved in the early part of the year we can accept as a group that we underachieved with what we finished with. The thing to take from that was there was too much change too late and that makes it tough on the coaches and the players to put it all together. As the saying goes a champion team will always beat a team of champions.

“Therefore, this year it’s important that we build strong from the start. We are running with a hybrid operation where we will have a mix of part-time and full-time players. There is obviously a significant cost to this which I will underpin but a lot of the success will come from the hard work of the board, sponsors and supporters backing the Club.

“The support was fantastic this season under the circumstances and it’s enabled us to budget on those attendances rather than what we forecast at the beginning of last season when setting the budgets. Aaron’s addition to the board and what he will bring to the table will further strengthen our sponsorship budgets.

“Leigh Sports Village supported the Club this year during its difficult time with an assisted agreement which enabled us to concentrate on the playing budget and it is hoped that will be continued next season with assistance to cover the additional training of the hybrid model. We will soon be announcing what recruitment we have currently retained or made as we continue to build, under John Duffy, a squad we will expect to mount a challenge at the right end of the table to put us in a position to return to Super League.

“As a board we are committed to that journey. We have the facility in the town, we have the support of the townsfolk and businesses. We need to keep growing that and building it as that is what builds the finances for the recruitment of the quality players needed to return the club to Super League.”

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