5 months ago
By Malcolm Boyes
Since his election recently at the club AGM, Chairman, Clive Maynard, gives you his thoughts.
Well, it has been a whirl-wind few days since being elected as Chairman of this great Club. I feel honoured to have been asked to assume the role of Chairman and I give you a solemn promise that I will give the Club my all to ensure that Crowborough Athletic Football Club prospers under my stewardship.
I don’t want to dwell on the last two years because I genuinely don’t think it will solve any of the issues that the Club currently faces. What I do know is that hindsight is a wonderful thing. Have mistakes been made? Yes of course they have. Would people on the Executive Committee have acted differently had they known then what they know now? Yes of course they would. We are where we are and we know where we want to be, so my philosophy is let’s move forward together, let’s turn adversity into a positive.
Crowborough Athletic Football Club has, and never will be, run by a single person and I am humbled to have such a great Team around me. This Team is huge, not just the Executive Committee, it is the Coaches from the U6’s right up to the First Team. The guys and girls who turn up and man the gates, sell the programmes, run the raffles, barbecue the burgers and sausages, sponsor our teams, spend hours both at home and in and around the grounds that make this Club what it is, however, there is one set of people that make this Club great, our superb supporters. Home or away, warm or cold, in the dry or when it is raining, they are there cheering on there son or daughter whether they are 6 or 26. I thank each and every one of you for your past support and help and look forward to seeing you all in the coming season.
Crowborough Athletic Football Club is an FA Community Charter Football Club, The FA’s highest grading, so the first objective is to maintain this standard. We have 250 children playing football at various sites inside and outside of Crowborough Town. It is an aim of the Executive Committee to consolidate as many Teams as possible at the Alderbrook Recreation Ground site. Logistically we won’t be able to accommodate everyone at this present time but from the first day that a new player arrives at the Club, it should be there aspiration to play in the stadium for a Crowborough Athletic FC side. Not everyone will play for the first eleven but aspiration, commitment and desire can achieve so much and help to achieve an individuals goals. Dialogue with Crowborough Town Council is going to be very important moving forward and we look forward to re-establishing a good working relationship which is beneficial to both parties.
The Executive Committee is keen to see more Coaches, Parents and Supporters become members of the Club. We accept that this may not be for everyone, as being a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC), there is a financial obligation that comes with being a member, however, it does give every member a say in how the Club is run as each member has a vote at the AGM.
Financially the Club has to rebuild its Balance Sheet and over the coming weeks and months we intend to hold a series of events that will help us to achieve this. We are in a situation where we will have to manage funds carefully and ensure that we get value for money out of every pound spent. Costs continue to rise whether this be pitch hire, utilities, referees or any of our other major expenses, so as always, there will be the usual juggling act of ensuring that we provide everything we say we are going to with the income that we can generate. Nothing is impossible and together we will succeed.
Communication is always something that can be improved and we need to ensure that right the way through the Club that we improve both the frequency of our communication and also how we communicate. E-mails, WhatsApp, Text Messages are great ways of communicating but just picking up the phone works best to my mind so let’s talk to each other. If a conversation needs to be shared with others then let’s just give the edited highlights to those that need to know using e-mail etc. The Club is going to start a Monthly Newsletter which will give information on everything from footballing successes to Social Events. I will also be writing a regular update about progress being made both on and off the pitch.
There will be challenges along the way, everything we try won’t be a success but if the first idea doesn’t succeed then we have to learn from that experience and try an alternative route whether this be on or off the pitch.
The Club Motto is “Together we Achieve” and together we will achieve.
Updated 15:56 - 27 Jun 2018 by Malcolm Boyes