Chairman’s Corner – December Update
I hope you and your families are looking forward to Christmas and that you will get to see family where possible.
For the football club it has been a challenging year and one that has required the committee to meet more frequently to ensure we are ready for any FA updates/changes. We are glad that football is again back on and we can get back to playing matches and training. We are confident that the season will be completed, it may just mean matches into late May. We have a few people ask about the subs and what Covid has meant. We are putting together a summary from the accounts ready to share with you all in our January news.
In the new year we are going to look to get more of you into Chesham Athletic clothing so we can all help promote the club when we are out and about in Chesham. This is still to be confirmed how, but will require some support from you all regarding sponsorship opportunities. I know many companies have struggled this year, but we are also hoping that most will still commit to their community engagement and others will want to promote themselves as the economy tries to restart in the new year . In the meantime, I would ask any managers and coaches to ensure they are wearing Chesham Athletic tops (coats/jackets etc) when at training or matches. Both the club and the FA like to have officials badged/branded so people know who to approach if required.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year.
New Coach – U6
We would like to welcome the newest member of our Coaching volunteer group – Rob Munn, who will be managing and coaching the new U6 age group. He has taught youth and adult football previously and is Level 2 qualified coach. We wont hold it against him that he’s a West Ham fan! Welcome Rob and thank you for supporting the age group and club.
AMAZON SMILE…RAISING FREE CLUB FUNDS
The club has signed up to Amazon Smile. This means that, once you’ve registered, every purchase you make through Amazon (app or online), a donation (0.5% of purchase) is made from Amazon to Chesham Athletic FC. It costs you nothing and could raise significant funds for the club.
It’s really easy to register, takes a couple of minutes.
Perhaps you can register and encourage your parent group, family, friends etc to register too. Remember it costs nothing but a couple of minutes of your time.
How to register on you mobile: In the Amazon app, tap on the three lines at the bottom, go to settings and “Amazon Smile”. Here you enable your Account linking it to Chesham Athletic FC. You need to allow notifications for it to work. All of your purchases through the app will now trigger a donation.
Setting up your computer/laptop: Search for Amazon Smile and when you click the link it automatically takes you to your account via Amazon Smile if you’re signed in. Just below the search bar, you’ll see “Supporting: Chesham Athletic FC”. You can save/bookmark this so you always log in through Amazon Smile.
As a club we can view how much money we raise.
NEW SIGNINGS MAKE IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Over the summer, as we questioned whether we would ever get out of lockdown and if the children would go back to school, Chesham Athletic committee were keen to ensure that they focused as a priority on recruiting new talent into the U6/7 age groups.
We kicked training off on September 14th with 8 players across both age groups. Following vigorous Facebook marketing campaigns and word-of-mouth, after just a few weeks, we now have about 30 players and a fantastic parent group. We are now in a position where we can split the two age groups, making it a more appropriate and better environment for the children to play football. We are very grateful to one of the Dads who has stepped up to coach the U6s and we are on the lookout for somebody to coach the U7s.
There is some real talent in the group and its fabulous to see all their smiles and laughs. Feedback has been fantastic with new signings asking “can we do this every night” and “is it really 7 more sleeps until football”.
The 3G all-weather grass pitch is coming into its own with this age group as it allows them to play more often and in nicer conditions.
We have space to welcome even more new talent.
Thank you to Stuart Sinclair for leading this initiative as well as managing his U14 age group.
COVID-19 Risk Management Plan
as at 1 August 2020
Overall objective: to ensure that there are steps in place to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19, to minimising the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
From August – Competitive matches to begin, for example pre-season fixtures, festivals and small sided football competitions;
From September – Grassroots leagues and FA Competitions can commence.
Clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents/carers, spectators and football facility providers should read The FA’s full guidelines, in addition to the latest Government guidance on COVID-19:
KIT TO AFRICA
In July club treasurer Kevin Boden donated 12 bags of old unused kit to KitAid, a charity which recycles once loved football kit and distributes to underprivileged children and adults in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Kevin is pictured handing the kit over to charity founder, Derrick Williams MBE.
If we are lucky enough to receive any photos of our kit being worn by their new owners elsewhere in the world, we will of course publish them in our newsletter.
THE GRANGE UPGRADE
In preparation for the new season starting on the 13th September, we have been busy upgrading the facilities at The Grange, our club facility at the top of Nashleigh Hill.
In addition to pitch marking, we repaired the “catch-ball” netting which prevents us losing balls onto the Ashley Green Road.
We have put up security cameras, more signage and are in the process of securing the perimeter boundary fencing and hedging to limit unnecessary pedestrian traffic.
Its been a long time coming but as an official partner of the all weather pitches at Chiltern Hills academy we have access to exclusive slots on Monday and Wednesday evenings. This will allow us to train through the winter and be a great asset to the club. Thanks to Paul Byatt our Chairman who has pioneered the club’s involvement.