On behalf of the club and personally I would like to send my condolences to Michael, Mathew, and their families at the sad loss of their father ‘PK’. He was a much-loved part of the club and will be sadly missed. You could see from the turnout on Friday how much he was thought of in the town.
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I just wanted to update you on the current situation regarding the club.
Its been a busy time since lockdown has been announced. All outgoings were cut to a bare minimum. Most companies were very accommodating either freezing or deferring payments. All electric appliances were shut down apart from one freezer. Luckily with the warm weather, the heating has not been required so gas use has not been an issue.
All stock that was going to run out of date has been donated to the Faringdon Food Bank. Unfortunately, all kegs of beer have run out of date and will have to be disposed of, however, we are talking to the brewery to see if there is some form of compensation.
Hannah (our treasurer) was successful in securing a business grant from the Vale of the White Horse District Council. She also arranged furloughing where required.
Chris (Secretary) applied and was successful in securing a pitch maintenance grant from the F.A. While Trevor (Vice-chairman) has been keeping an eye on the clubhouse making sure things will be ready for reopening, and regularly running water systems through to protect from legionnaires disease. Rocky has kept the grounds up together.
I have been moving the clubhouse improvement application forward through the first few stages, it is currently awaiting approval from the planning department.
Live at the Park and the Festival of Transport have obviously been cancelled which will hit our income this year, but I am happy that the effort put in over the last couple of months should not affect us from operating as normal once we are allowed to recommence activities. I would like to thank those mentioned for their hard work during this period.
On the football front it was looking like being our best season for many a year.
The First Team were closing in on their best finish since joining the Hellenic league with a top-three finish almost secured. The Reserves were looking odds on for promotion to division one for the first time in the club’s history while the A-Team held steady in division three. The Vets never really got going with a very wet winter few games took place.
A big pat on the back for the management teams of all four sides let us hope we can continue the push forward when the new season eventually gets underway.
The Vets are looking for a new management team to take over for next season. Martin and John have been excellent, in getting the team up and running but feel its time for someone else to take over the reins.
The three senior sides management teams are remaining with the addition of Dan Raye who will be joining the first team as a coach.
A big thanks to Adie for running the line most weeks and helping the refereeing for the youth teams you have been a massive help. Thanks to Sarah and Wyn for washing the kits, Emma for her sterling bar work, Jan for keeping the clubhouse spik and span and Matt who has been giving up a lot his free time getting the new changing rooms up together, which we hope will be fully operational for the new season.
Adam has been expertly heading up our youth section and keeping everyone on their toes which boasts teams from under 8’s through to under 13’s. Massive thanks must go to Adam and the management teams from all our youth sides who do a great service for the local community in running teams for the youngsters of our town.
Next season we are hoping to add a girls team and a new under 8’s team which will bring our total number of sides including the seniors to thirteen which is an amazing effort from all involved in the running of the club – well done.
We have made the decision to resist the temptation to start training until at least the week beginning 6th July. I know everyone is itching to get going again but we felt as it is the close season anyway and for everyones safety we should not rush back.
We will always obey government guidelines so the restart date may change as safety is paramount. Individual managers will contact players with restart dates when appropriate.
Apologise if I have forgotten anyone stay safe and hope to see you all soon