Stephen "Tommy" Cooper
Tommy has been involved in Sports all of his life and enjoyed a long playing career in Non-League Football. In business he has worked in Financial Services & E-Commerce most of his working life and was the original head of successful insurance comparison site "Comparethemarket.com". He founded his own on-line insurance business in 2007 whilst manager of Peterborough Northern Star in the United Counties League whom he led to the Division 1 title in 2009, before moving across to Peterborough Sports as Chairman in 2011. Over the next 2 years Tommy completely redeveloped the PSL ground from what was just an overgrown field into the sparkling new facility it became by the end of 2013. He was struck by the lack of companies that specialized in this field, with many clubs using in-house or local builders. All of the work determining what needed to be done in order to ease the club through the non-league ladder was carried out by Tommy himself and it is this experience that he brings to the table. He looked after the submission and re-submission of drawings to Peterborough City Council ands liaison with Sport England to ensure planning permission was granted. Alongside this he made almost 20 applications to various bodies for potential funding and raised a total of £250,000 for the project that was split into 3 Phases. New changing rooms were built from scratch in Phase 1 and erected alongside a concrete walkway and galvanised steel barrier around the perimeter of the pitch and a permanent 150 seat stand was built onto concrete steps along with new dug outs. In Phase 2 an external generator was purchased and connected to 6 new Floodlight pylons which tested at an average Lux reading of 189 - this phase was managed from delivery on-site of the lights to working order in 10 days and Tommy project managed the entire development. Phase 3 took the Ground to the cusp of Step 3 standard and the club & Tommy have no intention of stopping there. Having been through this process, he now has vital lessons and experience which he shares with our customers with almost 50 developments already completed and lined up from Cornwall to Wales to Kent to Ayrshire, from a full turn key solution with full project management to providing access at discounted rates to the services of carefully selected contractors, or indeed now offering our own exclusive range of products.