In a significant development Mousehole AFC have appointed Deryk Heywood – Chairman of Porthleven AFC – to the role of General Manager. He will be responsible for both developing the commercial model of the club, working closely with its Endorsed Academy, while also driving forward the increasing number of developments at a local level.
Deryk Heywood who re-located to West Cornwall over 40 years ago explained his decision to move across to Trungle Parc: “I’ve been at Porthleven for several years and made many good friends, and this last season was our best in the League for ten years. So its been a big decision to leave. But the opportunity to be involved in something unique, with such huge ambition, energy and vision at Mousehole AFC, and joining the growing leadership team of the club, was simply too good to miss. Its incredible to see a club that is engaging so deeply with its community, schools, the RNLI and beyond – its fantastic.”
Deryk went on to explain his involvement with local football and how he was returning to a club very close to his heart. As a former local player, which included an interesting stint at Mousehole – Deryk is no stranger to the West Cornwall football scene, and has many fascinating stories to tell. “My first ever game of football in Cornwall was for St Just Youth team in 1974. I then played in goal for Herland Rangers in the West Penwith League from 1975 and eventually joined Mousehole, where I have some fantastic and actually very emotional memories.”
“So, as you can imagine, I’m massively looking forward to returning to Mousehole, this time in a different capacity and applying myself to ensuring that both the club and Endorsed Academy achieve their vision and goals.”
The club would like to wish Deryk every success in his new role and welcome him to the team.