It is with regret that Port of Bristol Youth Football Club announce the resignation of our chairman Van Papantoniou.

Van stands down after 6 years at the helm, overseeing the development of the club and watching it grow from one team of 12 players to now having 18 teams with over 300 boys and girls. This has only been possible with his effortless dedication and commitment that saw him awarded Port of Bristol YFC first 'Life Member' and despite stepping down he will still be coaching our U18s and U12 sides.

Van said "This was a really tough decision to make but one for the better of the club. The Club has filled me with so much joy and pride over the years and I am really greatful to everyone who has helped me along the this amazing journey.

I am extremely proud of what has been achieved in the last 6 years and feel the club has been left in a stable position allowing me to concentrate on my coaching at the club. I will always be here to aid in anyway possible and I would like to thank the rest of the committee for their support at this announcement and their endless hours of committment during my tenure as Chairman of this great football club. 

Respect is a very understated word and one that I feel needs to be given to the committee, something I felt was lost towards the end of my time and a key driver for why I have taken this decision".

In light of Van resignation, the committee are looking to promptly seek out a potential replacement and have approached someone they feel best suited to the position. We appreciate there will be many questions that will need answering, please allow us time to work this out so we can ensure we make the right appointment to drive this club forward. We hope to make a decision and present a plan by the end of next week.