In the wake of Waterside Sports and Social club closing over the christmas period, it was a challenging period for all sports sections who all had to play their parts to allow the sports facility to remain open to it's members and the community. We are extremely thankful of all the hard work of the steering group which was formed to work closely with Esso to ensure we could remain an active part of the community.
As a result of these uncertain times it was agreed that the small and long serving committee for the football section who had been keeping this club going, needed additional support to ensure the long term survival of the football club.
It's safe to say, that the people have rallied!!
Our committee now includes a number of new members. Scott and Martin Johnston joined mid-way through last season and have made a massive difference with their excellent planning and implementation of off-field ideas, enthusiasm for local football as a community asset and business with Complete Security becoming a creditable partner for the football club. Andrew Winter also joined during last season and his cups of tea have dramatically improved under the watchful eye of Jeff Oliver in the bistro, so we now have our very own Winters dream team with both Neil and Darren also on the committee and supporting ground improvements. They have been invaluable members in recent times, bringing great understanding of what it takes to run a non-league football club as well as passion about the local area and Fawley AFC.
Existing players and coaches who are all local residents, have joined the efforts off the field including Elliott Earl, Dane Sayce, Matt Hawkins, Craig Shellard, Lee Shepherd, Callum Tanner and Jack Hobbs. All will be feeding into the ideas at the monthly committee meetings and also helping out with the vital work around our playing facilities and management of the club on a monthly basis. As well as this we have Michael Boothman supporting from the under 18's and Andy Elkins to develop the partnership with Fawley Falcons.
We will also be enabling two supporters group representatives to join the committee and feed into the ideas about the club and ensure decisions made about the community are made with the community. Luke Mansbridge will be one of these elected reps for 2017/18 and we are looking for one more person in it's inaugural season. Any interested people please contact Kevin Mitchell, club chairman. In the interests of diversity, it would be really great if we could have some female representation on the committee! If you would like to see the sort of things we discuss in our meetings please see the meeting minutes section on the website, which are published on a monthly basis to encourage more people to get involved with the football club.
If anyone would like to get involved with the club outside of the committee we will still require help on match days, pitch maintenance during the season and ideas around income generation which we are hoping will tie into the supporters group which will be formed based on the purchase of a non-playing annual membership to the Holbury Community Sports Association. More details of which to follow shortly.
Good positive news and hopefully the enthusiasm we're putting into the club will see us becoming more sustainable for the considerable future!