29 August 2019
Hello everyone, my name is Paul Sims and I am the new Chairman of Alderbury FC.
I would firstly like to extend my gratitude to the outgoing Chairman, Martin Woodroffe for his many years of dedication to the role, and his unwavering support to the club. I am delighted to say that he will continue to oversee the new ground development to its conclusion (but more on that later!).
Alderbury FC, like any other grassroots club, is only as strong as its volunteer base, and it is clear to me that for us, this could be stronger. Too much reliance has been placed on too few over recent years. I firmly believe that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something, so I urge all of you to think about how you can help this fantastic football club live up to its full potential. It is after all, as much YOUR club, as it is mine. We always need volunteer coaches/helpers as well as volunteers for other non-footballing tasks. There are various opportunities for you to do something to help this great club thrive.
I also recognise that we need to ensure that everybody feels part of one club, rather than just their own team, so I am determined, along with the rest of the committee to create a club culture of vibrancy and collaboration.
Turning my attention to the new ground. Presently we are optimistic that we will be transitioning to the new ground by the beginning of November. I am as frustrated as many of you with the continuing delay however unfortunately this timescale remains subject to a number of factors that are outside of our control. Rest assured we are doing all we can to move to the new facility as soon as possible and I will keep you updated on any developments in this area.
In truth, it will be very much a phased transition. The clubhouse building will not be useable, for the simple fact that we do not yet have enough money to complete it, however by the end of October it is hoped that the pitches will be ready and there will be a car park. Once we have raised sufficient funds we will finish the building as quickly as possible.
It is an inescapable fact that maintenance costs for the new site are considerably higher than in previous years, and until we move to the new pitches we are having to pay to maintain both the old and new site. With this in mind the committee has taken the difficult decision to increase fees for 2019/20 as follows:
Sign on fee - £60 (sibling discount will be available – speak to your coach)
Match fee - £5
We endeavour to try to be affordable, we are after all a community club, and I would argue that a sign on fee of £60 represents terrific value when you consider that it equates to around £2 per coaching session from FA qualified coaches. The match fee increase also covers increased maintenance costs as well as ever increasing referee fees.
I look forward to getting to meet all of you at some point during next season, and am excited about the future of this club. I hope you all share my enthusiasm and that you feel energised to help make our club one to be really proud of.
That’s all for now, but I will be in touch regularly with updates on all of the tasks we as a committee will be undertaking in order to develop the club. As ever, if you are keen to get involved in volunteering for the club please do not hesitate to contact me.
I wish everyone the greatest of success for the coming season.