END OF SEASON REPORTS 2004-05
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During the last year the club has yet again continued to develop and grow, concluding the season with 258 players, a financial turnover in excess of forty thousand pounds, at least 18 FA qualified coaches, probably the best website of any amateur club in the area, an FA Charter Status, a thriving girls section, a roll of honour with over 12 trophies from Under 7’s right through to seniors, but perhaps most importantly, a club that has spirit, pride and passion in everything that we do.
The achievements of the club are very much down to the hard work, effort and organisation put in by players, managers, parents, friends, and of course the officials and committee. I have to express my sincere thanks to all those people who have contributed over the last 12 months, not least of which the committee who have been particularly active and supportive this year in terms of helping the club achieve its goals. We have made important steps towards improving the club image with the launch of a standard clothing and kit brochure, continued development of ON THE BRINK magazine and club website, and the appointment of Margaret Cooper as publicity officer.
One of our major objectives this year has been the acquisition of facilities, and although we may not have progressed as far as some would like, we have identified a major opportunity at Broad Street Rugby Club, and have also secured various new locations for training and pitches. Of course the main achievement of the year in this regard is the achievement of the FA Charter Standard, which alongside many other benefits will provide us with access to the grants and finances we desperately need to improve our facilities. The pressures on our officials have never been greater as we have strived to achieve the necessary standards of coaching, child protection and good management that were all pre-requisite to achieve the FA Charter Standard. This accreditation must be viewed as a major achievement, and something of a milestone in terms of the clubs ongoing development.
With respect to the hardworking committee, I would particularly like to commend the work and commitment of Paul Wilby, who publishes OTB magazine and maintains the excellent club website as well as being assistant team manager for the Under 12’s.
Particular thanks must also go to the entire team of people who yet again made our six a side tournament a huge success despite the weather conspiring against us on set up day. Not only did we have huge support from right across the club, but we had a great team spirit throughout the whole tournament. Thanks go to the referees, Taffy and Vicky in the registration caravan, all the BBQ crews who worked tirelessly to achieve record takings over the 3 days, the children who sold raffle tickets, our sponsors and of course the players who entertained us with some excellent football yet again.
This years presentation night was major challenge for the club in trying to bring together all the players, parents and supporters under one roof. Despite the hot and sticky conditions there was an excellent atmosphere on the night, and I must thank Dave Gyselynck, Sarah Bladon and Julie Williams for their hard work and support, and of course Martin Pulford for doing an excellent job as MC for the night. However, the relative success of this years event must be taken forward alongside the constructive comments and ideas we have since received, to make further improvements for next year.
Sponsors continue to play a increasing part in financing team kits and equipment, and this year has seen the acquisition of several high profile sponsors. We are extremely grateful for their support and that of our long term sponsors and supporters. On which note I would like to make particular mention to the long term commitment and support the club has received from Alun and Heather Yeend of the White Lion. They have provided a massive amount of support over the years in a whole variety of areas including kit sponsorship, trophy sponsorship, buffets, barbeques, quizzes, kit washing, meeting facilities and many more. On top of this they have always been actively involved in playing, managing or committee roles. The words “Thank you” hardly seem enough to convey how grateful we are for that support.
Enough of the back office! The club is all about “the beautiful game” and on the pitch we have enjoyed a season of “real” success. The seniors brought home the advertiser cup - a trophy of epic proportions. The under 16’s capped a memorable period of junior football by winning the league – a first for the club and a great way for Bolty to celebrate his many years in junior coaching. The complete roll of honour extends to 12 trophies across many age groups and this is a real credit to the team managers, their assistants and coaches. The Great Yarmouth tour was a fantastic success with Brinklow teams bringing home four trophies, the best of which was the winners trophy for the under 12’s. Seeing the whole club together on the final evening for presentations was the best and probably one of my proudest moments since joining the club. Well done to everyone who made it happen in Great Yarmouth 2005. One of the most significant development in our football this year has been the launch of girls football, which has gone from strength to strength in a matter of months with over 30 girls regularly taking part in training, friendlies and more recently some competitive tournaments. The club is completely committed to supporting and developing the girls section in future years. A major step forward for the seniors this year is the decision to establish a Saturday side that will compete in the Coventry Alliance League. This takes us forward to a higher standard of football and will further enhance the clubs reputation. Finally on the playing side I must mention the superb work being done at Micro level. This age group is a credit to Wayne Pulford and his fellow coaches. Players of the future are definitely on the way! As a final point regarding on the pitch matters, I would like to congratulate the group of managers and coaches who gave up their time to complete the FA level 1 coaching badge at the beginning of last season. The standard of our coaching will become a prominent issue next year as we encourage all of our coaching staff to achieve FA recognised qualifications.
I firmly believe that whilst we still have much to learn and do, we have created a strong foundation for the future development and success of the club. Both on and off the pitch we have yet again made significant progress and the enthusiasm, spirit and commitment we have within our ranks I see no reason why this should not continue.
Finally, a number of existing committee members have decided to retire this year and I would like to express my thanks to Alun Yeend, Katie Crane, Peter Day, Paul Huddlestone, and Dave Wright for their contribution and commitment to the club. On a personal note, over the last seven years I have made many sacrifices in my family life to support the football club, and this year I have made a difficult but necessary decision to step back a little. I will retire as chairman, but hope to remain an active committee member subject to the approval of the members of course. On that note I would like to thank everyone who has worked with me and supported me over recent years. It may be frustrating at times but I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the club and I sincerely hope that I can continue to contribute in the future.
The 1st team started very well in their friendly games at the start of the 2004-2005 season, winning them all against very strong opposition from the Coventry Senior League.
The League program started much slower though, with the team only managing to earn 4 points from a possible 15 in September, due mainly to very poor finishing and the fact that half the squad were on holiday during this period. The rest of the season however turned out to contain the most consistency, the most spirit, and the most desire to win, that I’ve ever seen from the 1st team in my four years of managing them. We played 15 league games from October onwards, winning 14 of them and drawing the other, even beating the eventual league winners CRC for the first time for as long as any one can humanly remember. An experience they didn’t like at all. During this run of excellent unbeaten football we also managed to have a great Cup run, bringing the Rugby Advertiser Cup back to the village after a thrilling second half at Butlin Rd eventually ended in a 3-2 score line to the Yellow and Blues.
All in all this season I’ve watched our 1st team mature into a side that now understands how to win big games when the pressure is on, and who have definitely become a side capable of winning Leagues and Cups for many years to come.
The side has now moved to the more competitive Saturday football for the forth coming season, having just been accepted into the Coventry Alliance Football league, and is looking forward to some of the junior players of the Club progressing through to join our squad in due course.