Bamber Bridge FC
Like most other clubs at our level employment of a fulltime commercial manger is not a viable option. The model adopted by Network Football
Management was seen a good alternative at low risk to the club with potential to increase commercial revenue. A model ideally suited to teams at our level.
Darren and Network Football management has been working for Bamber Bridge selling pitch side advertising boards and programme advertisements on a commission only basis since July 2021. Working with Darren, I have always found him to act and represent the club in a professional manner.
Thus far Darren has secured a further £4300 in commercial revenue which is highly welcomed by the Club.
I would have no reservations in recommending Darren to any club looking to secure his services.
We were approached by Darren just over a year ago offering his services to act as our Freelance Commercial Manager.
We made contact with Belper Town FC who we knew Darren had worked on behalf of and received very favourable feedback.
We then had a meeting with Darren as soon as Covid 19 restrictions allowed and appointed him as the Club’s Freelance Commercial Manager.
The arrangement has been extremely financially beneficial for the Club. In a matter of ten weeks Darren has successfully brought in over £3K’s worth of sponsorship from nine new companies and negotiated all terms surrounding sponsorship.
This covers pitchside advertising boards, matchday programme adverts and the full sponsorship rights to a number of the club’s youth teams.
The local market that Darren has been working in had yielded zero sales for the Club’s own volunteer Commercial Manager in the year he was in post, so we expected the environment to be tough. The volume of business Darren has completed and the money he has brought into the
Club has therefore been beyond my expectations and hopes.
Darren works in a very professional manner, has excellent communication skills and is highly proficient in a sales environment. He is very personable and very easy to get along and work with.
I would not hesitate to recommend him to any other club who require a valuable source of income but does not have anyone with sales experience.
Please do not hesitate in contacting either me or the Club’s Commercial Director, Julian Nutley (email@example.com) should you require further information.
After a number of strong recommendations from other clubs in the football pyramid, Darren came on board with Sheffield Football Club in 2021, as a freelance commercial Manager working on a commission-only basis.
Darren has supported the club in growing both its commercial sponsorship revenue and network in such a short space of time and continues to bring in regular new business.
To date, Darren has added an additional £3000 for the 2021 financial year and grown our commercial sponsorship revenue by 5% for the 21-22 season.
Darren always offers clear and concise communication with me and the club keeping me up to date with all conversions and potential new business opportunities.
Darren makes all due payments promptly and provides excellent records for all new business he generates.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Darren and Network Football Management services to any club looking to grow sponsorship revenues.
Darren came to Farsley Celtic FC in the summer of 2021 as a Freelance Commercial Manager working on a commission-only basis.
We had been impressed with similar work that he had completed on behalf of other football clubs that compete below us in the football pyramid hence our interest in his services.
Upon meeting Darren, we could see that he had some excellent ideas on how a football club can develop commercial revenue. This is something that we had not demonstrated in recent seasons and so we were keen to get Darren on-board.
In just the initial four month period Darren had had increased our advertising sponsorship by over 20% at our club. He also managed to engage shirt sponsorships within our youth academy as he took Farsley Celtic FC to the local community.
Due to this we continue to work with him on other commercial initiatives within the club.
Darren is now an entrusted member of our background staff and we hope to continue a strong working relationship with Darren heading-up our commercial activities.
Chief Executive Farsley Celtic Football Club
Ossett United Football Club has been working with Darren and Network Football Management since the beginning of 2021 in preparation for the 2021/22 football season, generating important commercial income through the sale of advertising boards, match-day programmes and other sponsorship opportunities.
In just a short space of time Darren has followed up and delivered a number of new leads generating new commercial revenue to the club.
His work for us to date has been excellent and we have high expectations looking forward.
So far Darren has secured an additional £7,000 of income for us in a relatively short period of time and increased our net sponsorship and advertising income by 18% overall.
He is very professional in the way he goes about his business and his communication with the club has been excellent keeping us regularly informed of developments and talking through options where potential sponsors want something different or a little bit extra. His record keeping is excellent and he promptly pays the club all commercial monies due.
I have no hesitation in recommending Darren’s services to anyone who is considering using Network Football Management.
Chairman, Ossett United FC.
Penrith Football Club
From the initial meeting with Darren at Network Football Management, the professional way he has conducted himself has been of the highest order. He really is proving to be a godsend to our club's fortunes.
Brian Williams - Chairman
Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club
Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club was contacted this last December 2020 by Network Football Management who is a freelance business that operates as a commercial revenue support and generation function-focused solely on working with non-league football clubs.
Non-League football clubs traditionally struggle to generate sufficient funds to operate successfully and need revenue streams in addition to the gate and bar money taken on 1st team match day. This has been exacerbated during the current lockdowns since March 2020 where we have either been closed or forced to operate with restrictions on numbers of supporters.
One area where we have not been successful previously is in attracting sponsorship for pitchside boards and matchday advertising. We have relied on a few friends and contacts to sponsor us but with limited success.
Following signing up with Network Football management in December 2020 we have been staggered at the success achieved in attracting new sponsors ( to date in mid-February 2021 this numbers 24). This has all been achieved in the middle of a lockdown due to the Covid pandemic and in a recession caused by the same.
Of course, once we are playing football again, this has given us 24 new sponsors we can engage with, hopefully for even more mutual gain!
We would recommend without any hesitation whatsoever that you place your sponsorship activity in their hands.
Nick Thurston – Club Chairman
Belper Town Football Club
Darren has worked with Belper Town Football Club over the past five months, generating commercial income for the club through the sale of pitch side advertising boards and match programme advertisements.
His work in this area has been exemplary, providing a professional outward face of the club which has ensured that clients have been universally pleased with the service he has provided and also with the timeliness and quality of the media output derived from his involvement.
From the club’s perspective, we have been equally pleased with the way in which Darren has approached potential customers on our behalf, and we have received nothing but positive feedback from clients.
The income that he has generated for the club, often under difficult economic conditions, has been an enormous help to us, as like many other businesses in the hospitality industry we have found business life difficult in recent times.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Darren’s services to your organisation. He is professional, courteous and above all, consummate at sourcing valuable revenue for clubs and organisations, particularly those that do not have their own commercial capacity - David Laughlin Managing Director - Belper Town FC
Colne Football Club
Darren has achieved record levels of commercial revenue on behalf of our club. He has developed a wide range of new commercial partners and is now fully trusted with our commercial affairs - Ryan Haigh Chairman - Colne FC
Welwyn Garden City Football Club
An exemplary service during extremely difficult economic times. Darren brought in much needed commercial revenue to our football club and has been by far the most successful commercial representative at the club to date - Ray Fiveash Chairman - Welwyn Garden City FC