Good day everyone,
I have not yet had the opportunity to communicate with you since my election as Chairman for the forthcoming 2014/2015 season. I thank those who nominated me, as well those for the subsequent support. I would also like to thank the outgoing Chairman John Hunt for his positive contribution over the last 3 years and wish him well and a deserved rest.
It has been a difficult 2013/2014 in certain aspects, especially with regards to our finances. I do believe however that we have a competent team and one which will bring about positive change.
I am pleased to have Paul Maggott on board as the new Treasurer. Although he has been in the position for only a few months, he has already implemented certain changes which will reap positive rewards for the club. I am also pleased to announce that notwithstanding our precarious financial situation, Paul has decided NOT to increase the subscriptions for the new season. I believe this was a bold decision. We wish Paul all the best with this task.
Warren Cassisa and Graham de Bique have been appointed as 1st and 2nd team coaches respectively. Both are long serving members of our club and have attained success on the field over the last couple of years with the 2nd and 3rd teams. I am of the opinion that they deserve a chance to show their mettle coaching in the higher leagues. They have been given this opportunity and we wish them all the best. We are going through a transition period and this is a great opportunity to bring another batch of our younger players through to the senior teams.
This committee has also taken the decision to oversee that ALL our teams, including and more so our first team, play in the colours of our club as prescribed by the constitution. This subject lies close to my heart and is not negotiable.
We wish Bruce Burns the outgoing Junior Chair all the best and thank him for his contribution to the club over the past couple of years. I was particularly pleased at the AGM when Anna Herholdt was elected as the Junior Chair for the new season. Anna has been involved with the club for many years, and has been non other than a success when she headed up the Juniors in previous stints in this position. We wish Anna all the best.
I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Kalla Starke to the coaching staff. Kalla is a highly qualified UEFA coach and I am sure his contribution will bear fruit over the coming years.
We have been very busy meeting with council regarding the long outstanding completion of the elevated “D” field, and I am pleased to announce that this project has now been completed, but not without it’s challenges. Just to put you in the picture. The contractor would lay the sods before breaking up for the holidays on condition that we have a water connection for the D field. The council could not find R1980.00 in their coffers to pay a plumber to do the connection. Had we not paid for this ourselves, this project would not have been completed. The club had to endure a few other minor expenses to make this happen.
The completion of the D field has brought new challenges with respect to parking space. We have negotiated with the Baseball Club to use their space behind the B field goals. Please make use of this offer. The committee will look at other options with the council in the new year.
I have approached Zone Fitness, a company who own and run a number of fitness centres country wide. The objective is to secure a few cycles, treadmills and other equipment which will aid the rehabilitation process of our players carrying injuries during the season. Space is at a premium at the club as you know, but we have an idea as to where to position the “gym”/rehabilitation “room” should it come to fruition. Our approach has been met positively by the National Facilities Manager and we await his response.
In closing I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members, parents and sponsors a Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
To those of you who have lost loved ones, my wish is that you have found peace.
To those of you who are travelling at this time, travel safely and please do not drink and drive.
Best wishes and regards
Fred van Niekerk