Harrogate Town AFC have been recognised at the 2023 Football Business Awards with CEO Sarah Barry being named SkyBet League Two CEO of the year.“It's a credit to everyone at Harrogate Town AFC who work incredibly hard to make our fantastic club what it is.
"I'm really happy to accept this award on behalf of the whole team and also our fantastic supporters who are recognised for being amongst the best by other clubs. To put Harrogate Town on the map when we are one of the smallest clubs in the league proves you don't have to be the biggest to be the best!
"It's an absolute honour to be voted by fellow clubs, many of whom have visited us for a second time and appreciate the progression we are making. Well done team and everyone who supports us. #ProudToBeTown!”
Voted for by fellow SkyBet League Two Clubs's, comments included…
“Despite the obvious size constraints and the competition of well-established clubs in Yorkshire, Sarah has successfully led the club through its first phase as an EFL League Two Club. Off the field, she has professionalised the business operations, both matchday and non-matchday, creating a commercial and operational team which is one of the best in League Two. She has also laid the platform for a very successful community programme.”
“Sarah and her team have made Harrogate one of the most welcoming stadiums to visit for both club officials and supporters, despite the restrictions of their stadium.”
Since its formation in 2012 the best CEO's from the footballing world have been recognized and celebrated, with former winners including Leicester City's Susan Whelan, Liverpool FC's Peter Moore, Accrington Stanley's Andy Holt and Portsmouth's Mark Catlin.