On Saturday 22nd June we held our annual general meeting at Bretons Outdoor Centre in the back hall which is now to be our home for the forthcoming 2019/20 season.
Tigers JFC have secured the venue every Sunday to be used as our very own club house where we can attempt to bring the club back to a family based atmosphere where teams can join sociably after home and away games on a weekly basis. The membership fees will be based on teams paying a one off fee per annum and it was unanimously voted in that all teams will participate on this venture. We have exciting things for the future by forming this partnership with the Bretons Manor Association so please get further details from your team managers very soon.
Tigers JFC made it quite clear that we are a club that are here to give grassroots football to children of all abilities in our community and even though it is nice for teams to win honours during the playing season it was not the chairman’s main priority, however praise was due to the teams that had done very well during the 2018/19 season.
The Futures project was discussed and praise was given to the volunteers that have just completed the season as they have all been brilliant and we have seen all of them come out of their comfort zones to be confident coaches/referees for the future and hopefully one day see some of them running their own Tigers teams.
Barbara Spooner the clubs treasurer ran through the accounts for the 2018/19 season and for the 10th consecutive season the club has finished the season slightly in profit and with mass expenditure for pitch hire , affiliation to county and leagues and all other overheads it was agreed that Registration fees will be frozen for the 2019/20 season. This means that fees for u7-u10’s will be £70 and U11’s upwards £80. We will also be continuing the reduced prices if more than one child per family joins the club with these fees being £130 for 2 children and £160 for 3 or more.
The kit secretary Michael Spooner will be purchasing new training balls per each team for the 2019/20 season with u7 and u8 receiving 10 Footballs, u9 and u10’s receiving 12 footballs, U11 and u12 receiving 14 and all u13’s upwards receiving 16. This will be a massive cost to the club and we hope all teams players and parents appreciate the commitment the club has in giving the managers the best equipment for training the players.
We are pleased to welcome 6 new teams into the club for the 2019/20 season which consists of 3 new U7’s boys teams to the Echo Junior Football League and 3 new girls teams in the U11’s, U12’s and U14’s categories playing in the Essex County Girls League. Unfortunately Tigers JFC have lost two teams from the club in our U9’s Whites and our u15’s Stripes and we thank Paul and Danny for their time and commitment in running their teams under the Tigers JFC banner and we wish them all the best for the future.
Lisa Di Palma the club secretary spoke of the league business throughout the season and spoke of how impressed we were with the sportsmanship of the club across the board as a club with 50 plus teams and only a handful of issues we were quite happy with the outcome but in a few teams there is a need for some improvement. Lisa also thanked the committee on keeping the club running smoothly after a bad year with personal family issues and now knows that we have a solid and committed team behind us who we can always fall back on when needed
We gave out 4 long service awards which covered 70 years of voluntary service to grassroots football with Club Chairman Keith Di Palma and Vice Chairman Michael Spooner both collecting 20 year service awards and Jason Lucas and Gavin Wray both collecting their 15 year service awards. We thank them all for the time and dedication to Tigers JFC and grassroots football in general which is an outstanding achievement and showcase of loyalty to our club.
Tigers Summer Tournament for 2019 was a massive success as Robin Naish our tournament organiser addressed the floor and thanked everyone that had helped out over the weekend. The overall profit over the weekend was over £2000 which will all be pumped back into the club for the benefits of the players and staff for the forthcoming season.
Our new club social secretary Paul Harley spoke about the clubs Newmarket Race day that we had so much interest we have booked a second coach and the event is now sold out and looks to be a very good club day out. With the new Bretons partnership there looks to be a lot of social events in the pipeline with the return of Quiz and Race nights and now we are at our home for functions then we can arrange functions for the children as well. The presentation weekend was also mentioned and all teams were given wristbands for the children to wear so they have access to the inflatables and the free pop corn and candy floss over the weekend.
Tigers JFC have massive plans for the future and this will be seen as early as 2019/20 season with the team membership to the Bretons Association and we are looking at taking a year to reform the Tigers ladies football team for season 2020/21 now we also have changing facilities at Bretons and maybe our very own Tigers Vets team.
If any Ladies would like to get the foundations of the team up and running for example volunteering for the following roles 1. Manager(s) 2. Coaches 3. Recruitment of Players 4. team secretary/administrator then please get in touch as we would like to get this off the ground.
Meeting started at 11.00am and concluded at 12.45pm