Introducing…..The Hawks Match Night Coordinator

The Blackburn Hawks would like to welcome Chris Riley as the Match Night Coordinator.  Chris is well known within the club as well and being recognised throughout the North West as Mr. Dodgeball.  Chris has a degree in Sports Studies from Edge Hill University.

The role of Match Night Coordinator (MCN) has full control of the match night experience and is responsible for coordinating the volunteers on game nights and liaising with the rink to ensure that best match night experience possible.  The MCN will work alongside the team staff and the players to promote interaction between the team and the fans as well as ensuring that first time fans are made to feel welcome.

Although a big role it should be stressed that the sole responsibility for match night is not just the MCN’s but is shared with the volunteers, rink staff, players and the fans.  The best way to think of the MCN is as the ringmaster who makes sure everything runs smoothly and develops.

Speaking on behalf of Planet Ice, Matt Lloyd said,

“Having run the fan survey and engaged with the Hawks fan base, it became clear that changes needed to be made in order to develop the Hawks brand to retain and attract fans. Having looked at the necessary structure it became clear that the key off-ice role would be that of Match Night Coordinator.”

“Appointing Chris to that role was an easy decision.  I am aware of his reputation through his work with Greater Sport, the County Sport Partnership for the Great Manchester area, and the dedication and professionalism he puts into Mr. Dodgeball.  Knowing that he has a passion to see the Hawks reach their potential and having a background which means he is realistic about the challenges ahead, I am sure he be key to helping the Hawks achieve their potential as a brand”.

Commenting on his appointment to the role Chris said;

“I am delighted and honoured to be given this opportunity.  I have watched the Hawks since the early 90s and as a passionate supporter of the club and the town I can’t wait to get started.

I don’t think anyone is under any illusions about the task ahead of us and the improvements required.  What does fill me with optimism is the volunteering core we have at our disposal. 

It would be great to welcome new people into the club and to attract supporters back who no longer attend matches’.

I’d like to make Blackburn the best, off ice experience in the league where families can come enjoy a fun filled action packed evening.

We have an amazing facility and a fanbase that can should be the envy of many clubs.

A meeting for existing and new volunteers will be arranged shortly and will be announced on the Hawks website and social media

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