It has been a hectic last couple of weeks but I am very pleased to inform you that we now have all the key things in place for the forthcoming season. The highlights are as follows:-
I'm delighted to inform you that Danny Forrest, who has played for the first team over the last 7 years (and has previously played for Guiseley, Yorkshire Amateurs, Ossett Town and Leeds City), has been appointed 1st Team Manager. He will be assisted by Elliott Sheeran (no relation to Ed) who has moved from Headingley FC (having guided them to the West Yorkshire League Premier Division) and who previously managed at Boroughbridge and Leeds City. Between them they have a wealth of knowledge and experience and I think it's fair to say that there are very exciting times ahead!
I can also confirm that Matt Gibbons has been appointed 2nd Team Manager, Olly Bausar 3rd team and Tony Mullin 4th team.
The Managers and Committee will all need your support and commitment over the coming season. On the subject of commitment, I am making an appeal to all of you on that front. There is no doubt that the more players we have available every week, the better chance we have of having a successful season. SO PLEASE MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE FOR AS MANY GAMES AS POSSIBLE. UPDATE YOUR AVAILABILITY AS SOON AS THE FIXTURES ARE ANNOUNCED AND GENERALLY BE AVAILABLE. IT HELPS THE CLUB AS A WHOLE, YOUR TEAMMATES, YOUR TEAM MANAGER AND THE OTHER TEAM MANAGERS WHO ALL HAVE THE PAINFUL JOB OF HAVING TO TAKE PLAYERS FROM OTHER TEAMS ETC ETC WHEN PLAYERS DROP OUT. THAT WILL GIVE US OUT STRONGEST POSSIBLE CHANCE TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND BE IN CONTENTION TO WIN THINGS, WHICH I THINK IS WHAT WE ALL WANT!
Initially, training will be twice a week:-
1. Saturday 10am-12 noon. Meet at the club. We have a number of volunteers to take training. Details will come later.
2. Wednesday 6.30 - 8.30. As in previous years, meet at the club 6.15, running to Tinshill Top where training will take place.
Let's start as we mean to go on and get as many as possible to these sessions.
You will be aware that subs are payable in two instalments of £95 (by end of September and end of January) or one discounted payment of £171 by end of September. It would help the club's cashflow considerably if this money was to start flowing in as early as possible. We have a lot of financial commitments that are due prior to the season commencing, so any help in easing that burden will be gratefully received.
Please be on the look out for sponsorship opportunities. We need all the financial help we can get. Details of the different sponsorship options are due to appear on the website, but in the meantime please let me or one of the committee know if you need the details.
Firstly, we are trying to support the club as much as possible. They are offering 'happy hour' prices for the England World Cup games. We have booked the main room for the England v Belgium game on Thursday 28th, so please try to support this and (hopefully) other games if we get any further!
There will also be a bit of a do in early September, once we know the League fixtures, for the first Saturday when all 4 teams are playing. More details to follow later.
I think that's enough for now! Sorry if it went on a bit, but these are exciting times and we need to give ourselves the best chance possible to succeed.