Dear Parents and Players,
Welcome to the first Newsletter of the new season – especially to those of you registering with T.A.S.F.C. for the first time.
A lot has happened since the end of last season – most importantly we welcome two new teams at the Club. Kieran Hutchings and Colin Tucker are running a third Under 8 side – all lads who are new to the Club. Meanwhile Greg Stewart has taken on a second Under 9 side – with a few new lads, along with a number who had to move up from Dean’s and John’s groups. I would like to welcome all these new boys and their parents to the best Club in Torbay! This means that for 2015-16 we are running three sides at Under 8, two sides at Under 9 along with sides at Under 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. Sadly, last years Under 16s – my side – have disbanded as there is no Under 17 or Under 18 League in South Devon: most of these lads have moved on to adults football, many with Babbacombe Corinthians, with whom we are establishing close links.
Another big change for this season is that we have changed our kit supplier and Club colours. All boys will be provided with brand new playing kit and training kit – hopefully before the first game of the season. Our new kit manufacturer is Adidas and the supplier is Torre Sports (Pro-Direct) in Torre. As a gesture of goodwill to us for placing such a sizeable order, Ian (the proprietor) is giving all of our boys a 20% off discount Loyalty Card. Again, these should be with us in early September.
If your son has a grey training kit, he can keep this, but we would like to receive all black/amber playing kits. We are going to send these to Africa where they will be very much appreciated by a team who have no proper playing kit. Please send this in to your son’s Manager a.s.a.p.
We are also delighted to have secured the services of Stuart Monk who runs Concept4Soccer and Nick Milton, who many of you will know from his work with Pro-Direct. They will be coaching all of our boys from Under 12 upwards on Wednesday evenings. They are hugely experienced coaches who will be extremely beneficial to our current Managers and Coaches.
As the Club has grown, we have had to book additional time on both the 3G and grass pitch at T.A. – and this obviously means that our costs have gone up significantly. This, and the purchase of new kit, has meant that we have had to put our monthly subs up for everybody – to
£17:00 per player. This still represents excellent value for money as it covers the cost of brand new kit, weekly training sessions and all
matches – I would be surprised if any other clubs in the Pioneer Youth League can match this. If you haven’t yet set up/amended a Standing
Order, please do so a.s.a.p. as boys who are behind with their subs will not be considered for selection for games.
Many of you will know Pete Coleman (Under 12 Manager) and Clare Swiderski (Under 13 Manager) – and I’m sure you will be delighted to know that they married during the summer. Congratulations to them from everybody at T.A.S.F.C.
A final change sees John Wyatt, dad of the triplets in the Under 13s, take over as the Club’s Welfare Officer. He is the contact for any issues regarding Safeguarding, conduct etc.
A little reminder, that all players will need to sign the Respect Forms which your son should have brought home. Without signing this, we cannot allow boys to play for our Club. All players also need to sign League Registration Forms. If you haven’t yet got one, they are available from Maria. Again, boys cannot play for T.A.S.F.C. until these are signed and handed back – Maria will send them off to the P.Y.L. Registration Secretary.
As I do at this time each year, I would like to remind you that as a club we wish to encourage as many boys as possible to take up the game. At the youngest age groups – currently up to Under 11 – results are not collated and league tables are not published by the P.Y.L. This is to deter teams from running up cricket scores, and to encourage managers to play all their registered players – regardless of ability. The managers of our younger teams (up to Under 11) will always try to give all boys plenty of playing time. Having said that, some boys may
not be involved every week as it is very difficult rotating a squad of twelve when playing 7-a-side football, without causing widespread confusion on the field. Ideally, we would like two teams at each age group, but it is not easy recruiting sufficient boys to allow us to do this.
As the boys move to Under 12 and beyond, the football becomes much more competitive – and the Managers have to make more tricky decisions – particularly if they have squads of 16 or 17 players. All the Managers will try to give every player some game time, but it is likely that a number of boys will not be in the playing squad every week. We understand that this can be difficult for some boys, and their parents to accept, but it is extremely important that our Managers are given complete freedom on team selection.
If any players are unhappy with this situation – and are wanting more playing time than they are getting – I would urge them to speak with myself or another of the Committee Members as we will be able to put players in contact with other local clubs who are looking for additional players.
Those of you who have been at the Club a while will know that we have been regularly challenging for honours for the last couple of years. Last season the Under 14s and Under 16s won their Cup Finals, while the Under 10s and Under 15s finished as Cup Runners-Up. This takes our trophy haul up to ten in the last three seasons. We hope to add to this again in 2015/16.
The fixtures for the coming season have been released and are overleaf. As is always the case, these fixtures will change regularly throughout the season – Pioneer Youth League Cups and County Cup Fixtures have to be slotted in to the schedule, while teams that play on grass pitches will have to postpone games as the weather kicks in during the winter months. I will try to update this regularly and keep an up-to-date fixture grid on our website: firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can check the Pioneer League website: www.pioneeryl.co.uk
We are pleased that Mr Margetts (School Principal) has been able to extend the hours for which we can use the 3G Pitch on Sundays from a 1:00pm to a 4:00pm end time. Very soon, we will also able to use the grass pitch – which has been re-seeded and looks really good – on Sunday mornings for older teams, if we have fixture clashes. This helps us enormously as we try to fit all our fixtures in – not easy as we have to accommodate twelve teams this season!!!. Occasionally, the younger age groups may have to play at Sherwell Valley School in Chelston.
Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to attract sponsors for rainjackets for each of our age groups. If the weather is like last year, these will be essential. Would you be interested in buying these for your son’s team? Or you may be interested in having your company logo on the playing kit: allowing the Club to use its funding to purchase wet weather jackets. If you would be interested in sponsoring, please contact Marcus Ward (Under 14 Coach) who is our Kit Manager: 07971 625216.
If you have any suggestions or comments about the future running of our club, please have a word with any of the Committee Members. The committee meets approximately once a month, and take all suggestions on club development seriously. The next meeting will be in early October.
If you have any questions/issues to do with Child Welfare you can contact John Wyatt directly: 07919 674038. John is also the first point of contact if you are unhappy with decisions made by the committee. If he is unable to sort your concerns, he will pass you on to Gareth Harries (Vice-Chairman) or myself. We really want to resolve all issues to the satisfaction of all concerned.
On behalf of all the managers, coaches and Committee Members, I would like to thank you all for your continued support for the Club. Let’s hope that this season can be even more successful than last year.
All the best,