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Overfield to hang up the pen after the playoffs

3 months ago By HRBFC Press Team

Long serving press officer Rob Overfield is stepping down as the club's Press Officer after Sunday's promotion final.

Rob has decided that after seven years in the role, the time is right to take a step back fro the media side of the club and focus more on assisting the administration.

Rob has been an integral part of the club's media and communications department for the best part of a decade, and without his loyalty and reliability the club would not have been able to run as it has.

Rob currently runs a five man press team responsible for the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram account as well as all of the preview, promo and interview videos that we have seen appear this season.

On behalf of the other four members of the media team we would like to thank Rob for his warm welcome to the club and guidance when showing us the ropes. We look forward to working with him in a new capacity next season and wish him all the best!

Rob prepared the following statement for his resignation.

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It’s been fun!

After 7 years in the role, the end of the playoffs will see me taking a back seat and stepping down from the role of club press officer.

I took on the role after the end of the 2010-11 season after the departing press officer Stef Rance cornered me at the club one evening, Alan Devonshire having just left to go to Braintree Town, and suggested I might like to take on the role.

I learned the job as I went along and soon I came to love everything to do with it; so much so, I even took on the role of Programme editor for a couple of years as well before handing over to Chris Hurst.

However, comparing the role now to what it was then, it has changed a lot in the intervening time and given the demands of the National League, it means that the position also requires the holder to be more of an organiser and co-ordinator, and hand on heart, that’s not something I could ever claim to be.

I look back fondly on the time in the role; I’ve seen relegation - an awful day at Thurrock on the last day of the 2011-12 season; I’ve seen the club reach the third round of the FA Trophy, plus I cannot forget that amazing day 2 years ago when we won the Isthmian League title.

The last few seasons under Alan Dowson have been exceptional and there’s still much he can and will do for the club. If we don’t get promotion this season, then he’ll continue to build and the team will keep improving. He's been great to work with, being one of the few that can even follow him when he gets excited!

I’ve met some great players and people in the role (Charlie Moone and Jamal Lowe to name but two players) and I consider the years as some of the best of my life but it’s time for someone else to take the role in hand and improve the quality of the media output.

The recent excellent work of Matt Horsman and Luke Lambourne have shown the direction the club can and should go with regards to media and I hope they will offer the same to whoever takes on the role.

I would also like to thank Oli Thomas and Matt Livingstone who have come in and allowed us to meet the external demands required of us. I thank all four of you for the work you’ve done for the club, you've clearly raised the bar for the future.

I shan’t be leaving the club though, as I hope to move sideways to assist Dick Parsons with the administration of the club (board discussions permitting!), helping him make sure that all the necessary admin is done to the League’s high standards.

I will also be able spend more time performing a similar admin role for the HRBFC Ladies, something I had always planned to do when I left the press officer role.

The position has taken me from Gateshead to Truro, from Dover to Bath and places in between, but now it's time to move on, so it means there’s just one thing left to say…. COYB!!!!
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On behalf of the other four members of the media team we would like to thank Rob for his warm welcome to the club and guidance when showing us the ropes. We look forward to working with him in a new capacity next season and wish him all the best!

Updated 13:19 - 12 May 2018 by HRBFC Press Team

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