Pete Johnson - Club Chairman

Dear Players, Supporters & Parents, I thought I should outline where the club is and where we are trying to get to

Results on The Pitch
We are now well into the new season, our teams are having mixed fortunes as you would expect across 11 teams. On the positive side our first team and our Adult A team are both flying high. Our under 9's and under 15's have both had a number of good results and all of our teams bar one have had some victories. We won two cups throughout the club last year and a number of teams moved up divisions I expect us to improve on this haul by the end of this season.

So the playing side is moving forward. On the financial side our newly introduced subscription approach has generally gone down very well and will provide us with a solid platform to put the clubs finances on a much stronger footing, thanks for your help in making this happen. Of course whenever you introduce anything new there will always be issues and questions of detail and fairness, these are all gradually reaching resolution and next year will be very much smoother.

Social and Fund Raising
We now have a social secretary Lisa Charterend who has a plan for activities this year. We have had a race night at the Nags Head on the 29th November 2005, we also have a grand raffle, an end of season golf day planned, a get together for those on the world cup trip 9/12/05. and two christmas get togethers one for senior playrs on the 20th Dec at Wooton Social, and one for the kids at the Nags Head on the 18/12/05. More news will follow.

Our new web site is obviouly up and running and we really do need to make the most of this facillity by keeping it upto date.

Long Term Strategy
Whilst our efforts at obtaining a major foootball foundation grant have been unsucessful we are commiteed to take the club forward on a more proffessional basis. We aim to do this whilst maintaining our standing as locally based and club which treats all of its players and teams with the same fair and open approach. We basically want success, but not at all costs and expect our players oficials and supporters to treat each other and opposing teams and match officials with due respect. The primary aim of the club is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for local youngsters to enjoy the great game that football is and to instill an understanding and feeling for the game that will make them want to continue supporting the club even after their playing days are over.
Some of the areas outlined above are helping us move towards these aims, but there is still much to do. Some of the next steps will be
The provision of club track tops for all players and coaches - By end of December 2005
The completion of our apllication for FA Charter Status - ASAP
New kit for the teams in desperate need - ASAP
Appoitment of new treasurer now and new secretary end of season - we have an applicant
Establishment of training and education opportunities coaches and players - in the new year
The restarting of a training group for 5-8 year olds - after the new year
Plans for establishment of girls and ladies football - by the end of the season
Interims plans of work to improve current buliding and facillities - from the new year

More infomation on these areas of development and others will follow. In the meanwhile enjoy the season. If anyone has any concerns or ideas or would like to talk to me please feel free to pick up the phone or drop me an e mail. I am also available to referee games if you need, this helps me get around our various teams to see how they are doing first hand and meet players and parents. It also allows me to pick up praise and tips from oppostistion supporters!