Brabin appointed and Full-Time status retained...
Football Club are pleased to formally announce the appointment of
Gary Brabin as full time manager. After discussions with Gary Brabin
it has been decided to retain a full time playing staff for next
season in Blue Square North. Chairman Charlie Clapham said:-
"I am delighted to announce Gary Brabin as our new manager and we
both believe we have exciting times ahead.
We have continuity by
retaining both Gary and our full time status which shows the club's
ambitions. Our decision also gives us a challenge to increase our
commercial activities to fund our full time playing budget.
all play a role, by increasing our shares in the club, by local
Southport businesses advertising with us in a variety of ways, by
participating in club fund raising activities, by purchasing season
tickets and simply by being a member of our weekly £1 Goalden
Gary Brabin will be happy to present our £2,000 jackpot to
winners on the pitch. Gary Brabin has proved as player with us and
more recently as manager he is a real winner with a winner's
mentality. As we don't like play off semi finals our objective is to
win the league next season.
We have quality in our squad and Gary
will build on that. Gary knows the challenges ahead and the reality
of our situation. He is a very focused person and very professional. I am really looking forward with optimism for our future."
New Southport manager Gary Brabin added:- "I am really
delighted to have got the job permanently and with full time status. I believe it was vital the club retained full time status and I
intend to make full time work in the Blue Square North. The club has
a full time structure ready for the Blue Square Premiership. I am
glad to be back home at Southport because that is how it feels. I
believe Southport Football Club should be no lower than half way
down the Blue Square Premiership.I have real ambitions to manage
Southport in the Football League. But we must make a step at a time
and we have a real job to be competing for promotion next season.I
know we can achieve that. I am proud to manage a club like
Southport, it is an honour and I will give it everything I have got
twenty four hours a day. I hope we can match each others ambitions.
everyone together in the squad, commercially and on the terraces, if
we achieve that then we will move forward quickly. I am
looking forward to meeting our supporters on a regular basis,
informally after matches or around the ground at training and
formally at meet the manager nights and social occasions."
Liverpool colleges given a helping hand to get the most out of
Form College and Carmel College in St Helens have been selected from
more than 250 applicants to benefit from specialist mentoring
thorough the Technology Exemplar Network.
The Technology Exemplar Network, which is jointly led by Becta, the
government agency for technology in learning, and the Learning and
Skills Council (LSC), was set up to help colleges and other learning
providers working across England to share best practice in using
technology. Both colleges will get specialist support, learning from
“exemplars” leading the way in the effective use of
The ten exemplars, who were announced last month, specialise in
areas including student support and information management.
They have spearheaded innovations such as the development of the
first further education television channel and the use of technology
originally developed for the defence industry to support students
with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Bill Rammell MP, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher
Education, is supporting the scheme. Mr Rammell said:- “By
supporting providers across the country, the Technology Exemplar
Network will greatly facilitate the sharing of best practice across
The use of technology has the potential to make real
improvements to learners’ experience. Adopting technology and making
a success of it is not easy – it requires effective leadership,
investment and a willingness to experiment, and the network will be
a great support to providers looking to take the next step.“
Jane Williams, Becta’s Executive Director for Further Education,
Regeneration and Delivery, said: “This is the next stage in
the development of the Technology Exemplar Network. There has
been significant investment in using technology in learning and we
have evidence that this makes a measurable difference to learners.
believes that improvement comes from sharing best practice and
supporting providers to deliver modern and flexible learning
opportunities for the benefit of all learners in the FE and skills
The Technology Exemplar Network will act as a great conduit
to extend expertise to other providers and enable us to foster good
practice throughout the system.”
Jon Gamble, LSC Director for Adults and Lifelong Learning said:-
“The Technology Exemplar Network is an excellent way to share
effective practice and is positioned to play a vital role in
maximising the opportunities available for providers looking to
enrich their students’ learning experience.”