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Jamie Edwards to head Community Sports Trust

4 June 2014

Club appoint new head of community development to replace Martin James

Shrewsbury Town has a new head of community development with Jamie Edwards replacing Martin James who left the club at the end of last week.

Jamie has had a similar role at Hereford United but is now excited to have a new challenge with Shrewsbury as he looks to build on the excellent work achieved by Martin and the club's Community Sports Trust team.

"It wasn't something I was expecting," said Jamie. "Martin has obviously left, an opportunity came up and I couldn't really say no.

"It's a club that has the foundations to be really big within the community. From where I'm coming from it's a bigger population, a bigger area, and obviously the Football League funding and the programmes we can run will help us hopefully reach out to more of the community.

"There seems to be a good team here already who are doing a god job so hopefully we can just kick on and make it better, and let more people hear about what we're doing which is important."

Outlining what the Community Sports Trust is all about, Jamie said: "It's for anybody that wants to be involved with Shrewsbury Town Football Club. It's a department for Shrewsbury Town to help us use the vehicle of football to affect people of all ages, abilities, disabilities.

"Anything that we can do we're going to look to do to the best of our ability."    

Jamie is really excited about his new role at the Greenhous Meadow having held positive discussions with chief executive Matt Williams.

He added: "Matt really did sell it to me. He was passionate about being able to push the Community Trust forward and push the work they do.

"He's come from Blackpool which has a very good Community Trust, a very active Community Trust in a different area of the country obviously and they've got different needs.

"But I'm sure now when we can hopefully speak to the right people and get the right people on board in terms of trustees and the rest of it that we can really kick on."  

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