Brackley Athletic FC makes its first “Director of Football” appointment

Brackley Athletic Football Club has announced the appointment of its first Director of Football as part of ambitious plans to develop the club into one of the most progressive clubs in the area, aligning itself with FA strategic objectives for grass roots football and building on its strong community ties.

Hartley Malcolm – more usually known as Banjo – will join the club as Director of Football for the start of the new 2018/19 season. He brings a wealth of experience having played for, coached and managed a variety of local non-league football teams – most recently with Brackley Town.

His appointment is another step towards Brackley Athletic implementing its strategic plan, which sees the club’s most significant phase of development since it was founded over 40 years ago. A raft of operational and structural changes will see the club build on its recent attainment of FA Charter Standard accreditation as it seeks to become the leading youth football club in the local area.

Adrian Chambers, BAFC’s Managing Director commented:

“Brackley Athletic FC have a rich history in local youth football and we want to continue that tradition by offering local players high quality football coaching. A number of Brackley Athletic players have gone on to build successful careers in the professional game and we are keen to emulate this in the future by investing heavily in our football structure – appointing a Director of Football is a key part of this strategy.”

Further commenting on the recent changes in the Club, he said:

“To achieve our ambitions, we recognised that we needed to build more of a corporate structure and increase resource so that we can deliver our strategic objectives. We’ve assembled a new Board of Directors and committee that would be the envy of most senior non-league clubs – it certainly is an exciting time for Brackley Athletic.”

Brackley Athletic Football Club – The “Jaffas” – is a youth football club registered with the Witney and District Youth Football League. With a dedicated Soccer School (The Tiger Cubs) the club caters for boys and girls football from Under 6’s through to Under 16’s. The club is currently recruiting for new players for next season in a number of age groups – to find out more about joining BAFC, email

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