Energy company buys Bridlington Town AFC

Yorkshire-based renewable energy company HDM Worldwide Limited has bought Bridlington Town AFC, including the leasehold of the 2,800-capacity Queensgate stadium.

Acquiring BTAFC from owner and chairman Pete Smurthwaite, the HDM team has plans to bring new opportunities to both the club and the community.

HDM Energies will be installing solar panels at the Queensgate stadium under their ‘Energy for All’ scheme.

Dan Rogers, CEO of HDM Worldwide Limited said: "Savings from the new energy scheme and the revenue generated from the solar systems will be passed onto loyal Seasiders fans. As a result, a ticketing loyalty scheme will ensure that cost is not a barrier to attendance — an unprecedented move at this level of football. By eliminating financial barriers and with a renewed player recruitment strategy, we hope the community will rally behind the team like never before, and to celebrate we will be making all pre-season fixtures free to attend. We look forward to seeing fans on July 27 at the ‘ Meet The Owners’ event taking place after the friendly fixture at the Queensgate Stadium."

Rogers also expressed his gratitude to Pete Smurthwaite for his two decades of dedicated service and leadership at Queensgate.

Rogers says: “We are honoured to take the reins of Bridlington Town AFC. Our focus is on maintaining a thriving football environment, creating new opportunities for the team, and giving back to the local community and the region that has been so supportive of our business. I have absolute confidence in First Team Manager Adrian Costello to really put the area on the footballing map and make Bridlington Town the club that everyone aspires to be associated with. We are delighted to kick off this new beginning by offering free tickets to local residents for the Seasiders’ pre-season matches. We see great potential for expansion and are committed to ensuring the club’s long-term success.”