Hi all and thanks for attending this zoom meeting.
So, the 2019/20 season will certainly be remembered as the season that never was. With so much work we all put into getting teams ready, it was so disappointing, but understandable that it all got cancelled so close to the end, especially with some teams already making it to their cup finals. Hopefully, next season will start in September, that is what most of the leagues are working to. This afternoon we had an update from the culture secretary saying that grassroots sports will be returning from this weekend, starting with cricket and other sports will follow.
My main aim as Chairman is to make sure all the managers and coaches get support where needed and equipment. The fundraising for the 3G has taken a hit this year, with no Tournament or Presentation Day, but hopefully when we get through these difficult times we can plan some more fundraising events and if we are lucky maybe a pre-season tournament.
We have managed to re-seed the grass training area and a massive thanks to everyone that helped with the watering of this.
Good to see some teams back at training and thank you all for following the guidelines. I know it hasn't been easy with small group training, personally i think this is really important for the kids and their well-being after these last few months.
Girls football is still as strong as ever with 5 teams all looking good for next season well done to Ken and Leigh for establishing a new U11s team. Unfortunately, we have lost Jerrys U17 girls who have been with us since U9s and will be missed. Thankfully, Jerry will be staying on to offer support in other areas at the club. Big thanks to Gary Nicholl for all his support with the girls youth development and Wild Cats.
I’d like to thank all of my Committee members for all their support and hard work this season, without you amazing people none of this would be possible and especially to Michelle who has to put up with me!
Big thanks to all you managers & coaches, again without you all there would be no grassroots football - fantastic job.
Special thanks to two guys that have helped me out with the pitch inspection this season, Stuart Baverstock & Mark Welsh, it’s not the easiest job sometimes, but i think we did really well, especially come January & February. Sadly, Mark is hanging up his manager’s boots with the U12s for the time being. They have been such a great team, winning at the Selsey Tournament last year and we have had a few classic Meadow derbys along the way. He will be sorely missed as a manager, pitch inspector and bar proper upper, but I am sure he will carry on with that role!
We are already planning next season's football and most leagues are planning on starting mid September, but we will keep you updated.
Most teams will be receiving new kits for the coming season.
Next season will see a new Tea Bar and new bar management and some nice changes around the clubhouse.
Hope you all have a great summer and look forward to seeing you all next season in person.
Chairman, Meadow Sports FC
PRESENTATION OF CLUB AWARDS
Lee-Ann introduced the awards, which would normally take place at our Presentation Day. She confirmed that we will physically present these awards at the first Managers’ Meeting of the new season. Lee-Ann announced the Secretary’s Rose Bowl award and Karl announced the Pete Grieve Award and The Chairman’s Award. The winners were:
Secretary’s Rose Bowl - Brian McConville
Pete Grieve Award - Ken Childs U11 Girls Sports
Chairman’s Award - Craig Kurn
SPECIAL MENTIONS / THANK YOUS
Lee-Ann Hearn thanked Michelle Hammans for all her help with administration and social media, etc.
Karl thanked Roshelle Evans for all her help and hard work with the U7s and the Christmas party.
Karl also thanked Kelly Harvey for all her help, particularly helping Michelle out so much and always being there to help out where she can.
Karl thanked Nicole Woodhams for her help and support to Stuart with the Annual Charter Standard renewal, which is such a tough job.
Karl gave a special thank you to Abbie Ghalami for helping out at the Managers’ Meetings, without her help keeping the bar open we wouldn’t be able to have a drink! 🍺🍷
Last, but certainly not least Karl gave a huge thanks to Lee-Ann for all her hard work and commitment and for putting up with him for another season!
FIRST 100 PLAYERS REGISTERED PRIZE DRAW
The first 100 players to complete Meadow player registration were entered into a prize draw to win a Meadow Sports Malmo tracksuit. Michelle drew a name from the pot, which was Jonah from the U14s age group – we will be in touch to confirm your size and colour choice, congratulations Jonah!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS AND THANK YOU AGAIN TO EVERYONE FOR ALL THEIR HELP! 👏