Updated: Feb 23, 2021
Macclesfield FC chairman Rob Smethurst has announced that he will be offering free football to youngsters around the Macclesfield area. Robert Smethurst has announced that "selected grassroots clubs" will get a one hour slot to train at Macclesfield FC's newly named leasing.com stadium, completely free of charge.
Robert Smethurst purchased the club in October 2020, after the Macclesfield Town FC were liquidated due to severe financial mismanagement from owner Amar Alkadhi. Alongside Smethurst, former Premier League footballer Robbie Savage was appointed as the club's director of football. Former Macclesfield legend Danny Whitaker was announced as manager for the newly formed club, who are expected to start their footballing journey in the North West Counties League.
Robert Smethurst has gained many plaudits since his takeover of Macclesfield FC due to his willingness to discuss with supporters and a complete revamp of Macclesfield's stadium. Robbie Savage, a strong advocate for grassroots football, recently announced that The Savage Foundation will also be offering free grassroots football stating that "no child should be disadvantaged".
To listen to Macclesfield FC Chairman Robert Smethurst and his offer of free grassroots football, please click on the below video.
This positive and exciting news is a large contrast from recent years for the club. Under the ownership of Amar Alkadhi, Adam Dawson revealed his struggles with his mental health during his time at the Silkmen. Joe Sealey was one of the favourites to take over The Silkmen however, Robert Smethurst became the Macclesfield FC owner in October 2020.