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John Hinz takes up reins at Basildon Ladies
He replaces Peter King in the hot seat at south Essex’s top women’s club, who continued their incredible climb up the football pyramid by winning the Eastern Premier League last season.
King is still heavily involved at the club, principally as secretary, and said Hinz is a terrific addition to a side currently top of the South East Combination and two promotions away from top flight football.
King said: “The club is moving ahead at some pace and I have my own business commitments and I’m not qualified to be first team manager.
“John was previously in charge at East Thurrock and has experience, and he will work closely with Steve Tilson to take us to the next level.
“He will give the girls the guidance they need at this stage.
“We beat East Thurrock 17-0 last year in the quarter-final of the county cup and afterwards John told me he was thinking about giving it up. I told him to come and speak to me in the summer and we agreed he would come in as manager around November time.”
Hinz became available after Rocks’ women’s team folded at the end of last season. He will be first team manager and will work closely alongside coach Tilson, physiotherapist Paul Smith, and sports therapist Alan Richards.
King says his decision to stand down as manager means he’ll now have more time to concentrate on player recruitment and also his role as the chairman of the Selex Sports & Leisure Club, where he is heading up exciting £600,000 plans to renovate the ground for the Basildon Ladies and the winder community.
He said: “We are one promotion away for the Premier League and we need a suitable ground. It will be no good if we go up again and end up playing on a suitable pitch.”
The new pitch should be ready by the end of July, the stand finished by autumn and, subject to planning permission, the changing rooms could be built within a year.
For more information about the club, e-mail selexclub@ gmail.com or call 01268 523773.