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Chairman's Update - 14th October 2017

11 months ago By David Holbrow

Latest news from the Chairman...................

It has been nearly 3 months since I last issued a formal update and so there is plenty to advise members about – although I'm sure that you are all monitoring our website, Facebook or Twitter feeds for regular and more timely updates.

The Committee (John Myatt, Mike Thompson, David Holbrow, Peter Bentley and myself) continue to meet on a monthly basis and have just had the October meeting where we confirmed Chris Lund as the manager and organiser for the 50+ team. Given the increasing number of 65+ competitions and the demands on John’s time, we have also agreed some changes to the management and running of the 60+ team.

We now have 65 members (increased from 59 in Aug) and are pleased that we have our first registered lady member with another lady attending our sessions this week.

We are still continuing to get 1 or 2 new attendees each month - we look to ensure that we welcome them appropriately, get them playing and enjoying the game and we then hope that they will, in turn, become formal members. We of course require the assistance of all current members and players to ensure that this happens – new membership is vital to ensure the club continues to prosper.

Our three lunchtime sessions get an overall average attendance of 18, ranging from 14 - 22 at each session:

• Monday is the most popular day - we see most of our 65+ members at this session which usually has 20/22 attendees.
• Tuesday sessions, aimed at the 50+ and competitive players, are improving but we need to get a stable 14 players committing to every week – currently we get 10/12.
• Wednesday is usually 16/18
• Friday is usually 18/20

We continue to strive for the magic number of 24 to enable four teams to use two pitches for a full hour!

During the last 3 months we ran the survey which gave us some very positive feedback about the way we run the club and organise the “pay and play” sessions. It also gave some constructive suggestions about things we need to improve.

• The survey indicated general agreement with the way the sessions are refereed and I would like to thank all who help with refereeing and organising sessions.
• I am aware that we have had occasional issues and minor disputes but am pleased that these are all resolved amicably and indeed quickly
• On 1 Oct we reissued the rules with a few minor changes to try and clarify the guidelines for playing along the walls and in the corners. I would urge all members to read the rules regularly.

A copy of the full survey and results is available to Members for download on the website, under 'Information' and then 'Documents'.

A major innovation since the survey has been the introduction of the “Three touch” rule with unlimited for 70+, which we feel has improved inclusivity and enhanced some skill levels at the weekday sessions. We will be continuing with this approach to the year end.

In the survey many felt we needed to improve the “warm up” and indeed the “warm down” process.

• We are now a wide diverse group with often a 20 year age span between players and each individual has very different and dare I say specific physical needs.
• We can only reiterate that it is the individual's responsibility to take adequate time to do appropriate stretches and exercises to prepare as you best see fit for the session.
• We are continuing to review and indeed explore how we could best address this issue to benefit players.

We have continued to play in a number of competitions with some great success. Match reports and indeed some videos are available on the website and Facebook, with regular articles published in the Wakefield Express.

• 60+ team won a tournament at Doncaster Retro Rovers and also the Rothwell tournament which was concluded in August following the interruption to the competition for a medical emergency when it was initially held in June
• Our friendly team remained unbeaten at the same Rothwell tournament and effectively won that category
• 60+ team had a notable success at Heywood when they retained the Martin Dawson Trophy with exactly the same side as last year– we aim to go for the hat trick !
• 60+ lost in the regional heat of the Walking Football United cup held at WFC to Mambos and then were also runners up to Mambos in the Kingsmaid Cup at Man City losing 1-0 in a very close final.
• Our 50+ teams lost on a trip to Middlesboro’ where we faced some tough competition in 5 a side games.
• 65+ team competed and won games at the Kingsmaid cup – they are improving with experience.

We also held a charity fixture to support Danny Pennington at the August Bank Holiday and it was a cracking evening with an hours football, some rehydration time and more importantly the chance to raise some funds for the charity that Danny is assisting after the support that they gave him. Thanks to all who supported.

We have penned a date in the diary to hold the next Annual General Meeting at 19:30 on Thursday 11 January at a venue to be agreed in Wakefield. We are looking to finalise and formalise the details and will of course look to make sure you all have full notice and information but please tag the date in your diary.

As always if anyone has any concerns or issues please feel free to speak to me or indeed any of the committee.

Niall ODonnell
Club Chairman

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Updated 17:06 - 2 Dec 2017 by David Holbrow

Where next?

Wigan Walkers 50+ Tournament - 2nd November 2017 “Words are such feeble things.” ― George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier
Kingsmaid Cup Tournament - 65+ - 9th October 2017 "The games were all played in a fantastic spirit and I think we all did our sport proud. .......... a great day" - Mark Davis, Organiser

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