Dave Laughlin to step down as Belper Town secretary but aims to stay involved with the club.
BELPER Town club secretary Dave Laughlin has announced he will be stepping down from the role at the end of the season.
Laughlin has been in the position since 2005 but has been involved with the Nailers in various capacities for nearly 34 years, dating back to 1979.
"I feel that the time has come to hand over the reins to someone of younger vintage who can continue to drive the club forward and help it achieve its potential," he said.
"I've had a great time in the job and have been privileged to work with some fantastic colleagues.
"I particularly want to thank my board colleagues, committee members, management and players past and present, for their friendship and their endeavours, all of which have made Belper Town Football Club one of the best clubs to be involved with.
"Together, we have made the club one of the most respected in the league and one which has attracted favourable comments from visitors for the warmth of its welcome, the quality of its facilities and the professional way in which it goes about its business.
"Achieving FA Charter Standard Community Club status was perhaps one of my proudest moments but there have been so many great moments during my time at the club."
Laughlin hopes to remain involved with the Evo-Stik League First Division South outfit in some form.
"Having spent so long at Belper Town, I do not want to completely distance myself from club activities," he added.
"I hope to remain in some capacity and have suggested to the board a number of roles that they might like me to undertake and I hope that it will be possible to remain engaged in some way.
"But I believe that this is the right time to make this decision because we all recognise in the club that succession planning is vitally important and needs to be properly organised while I am still in post.
"So, until the end of the season, I fully intend to continue to take the lead on all of our current major initiatives and to ensure that the handover of responsibilities to my successor is undertaken smoothly.
"After that, I will always be on hand to offer advice and guidance."