Ossett Albion announce takeover
Ossett Albion have announced that they have been taken over by Unita, a local based facilities management company. The deal will see Ossett Albion inherit a ready-made football academy with 150 stars of tomorrow currently enrolled.
John Chidlaw, the new Chairman of Albion, started the Unita football academy with wife Emma and business partner Lee Summerscales earlier this year with the intention of providing the most professional coaching in the region and ultimately creating a player pathway for children in the area to progress into professional football.
The academy will act as a feeder to Ossett Albion and provide the club with a structure it and many clubs in the non-league system have never had before. On top of that Dave Haley and Andy Welsh take over as first team manager and head coach respectively whilst Phil Smith will provide support and oversee the running of the academy and its player development pathway.
In a time when high profile non league takeovers are a trend the management are keen to emphasise that they are not like other owners and egos have no place in this set up. “Lee Emma and John are not in this for status or ego boosting, we are all here primarily to provide a route to success for our academy players. One that sees them graduate our programme and move onto other clubs further up the league or stay with us and progress into our first team where we will see the success of our own coaching provide Ossett Albion with young new talented players ready to perform at whatever level we ask them to.” Said Phil Smith, Unita Academy Manager.