Managers Meeting 5th May 2019
Held at The Scout Hut, Riverside Road, St Albans
The full list of meeting attendees is included in the PDF version which can be downloaded here >
Ian Woods (Secretary's Report)
- All teams should have entered the St Albans six aside. The girls tournament is due to take place on May 19th and the boys on 1st-2nd June. We would be grateful if there are any volunteers willing to help set up.
- Details for Presentation Day have been circulated twice so should have been received by everybody.
- Current U11 boys’ teams need to let Ian Woods know their plans regarding switching leagues as soon as possible. Current U16 boys also need to confirm plans as they move to U18.
- We are currently looking for more 7v7 and 9v9 pitches, if anybody knows of any then please come forward.
- Ian needs any 'changed kits' handed back to him as soon as possible.
Robert Baker (Treasurer's Report)
- Can managers please hand in any expense claims and receipts for the season so that they do not end out of pocket.
- There are still £10,000 fees outstanding for this year. There one or two players on most teams that still haven't paid fees.
- The club are looking at financially breaking even this year
- Next year’s registration process will start in June/July time. There will be a small increase in player subs, this will be discussed more at the AGM which this year will be brought forward.
Laurence Wilson (Business Manager)
- Herts FA have provided a bursary for Level 1 courses, we should look to make the most of it.
- Around 20 teams still need to submit their Google Forms for next season to Laurence.
- All playing kit should be ordered through Louise Shephard.
Chris Samways (Community Manager)
- Hertfordshire FA ran a 'Disabled Talent ID' course last week. Any players that are impaired within St Albans teams and are potentially interested in gaining further experience should be put forward to Chris. There is a clear pathway through to national and international level within the disability setup.
- The club were nominated for Project of the Year for their support of refugees throughout the season. This included some of these boys coming the to club Half Term Camps.
- U12 Orient: Are currently top of the Watford Friendly League White Division with four games left. They are hoping for promotion after a successful season.
- U13 Victoria: Won the tournament that they entered in the Isle of Wight this weekend.
- U14 EJA: Have finished their first season in the new league and came 4th. They are proud of the team and want to thank the support provided from the parents, Laurence Wilson and Andy Lawrence. They recently played Stevenage Academy U14 and held their own, eventually losing 3-1. They have also recently played Cambridge Academy U14 and beat them 6-3. Geoff Watts added that their improvement throughout the past 12 months has been remarkable.
- U16 Orient: Finished 2nd in the league after a successful season. They had an issue last week with the opposition team where the match had to be abandoned because of the abuse given to the referee from the opposition manager. Orient dealt with the situation well and the boys and coaches remained calm and professional. The referee also handled the situation extremely well.
- U18 North: Last season as a City Youth side. They won the league by nine points and would like to thank the club for their support over the years. The players have been brilliant all season and a few of them have recently been scouted.
- U18 EJA: Had a positive season. They lost in the cup final and came 3rd in the league. This is a great achievement considering that many of the opposition teams were a year older. Two of the players, Tom Geller and Nick Ralfe, have recently made appearances for the St Albans first team - showing the increased link between the youth and senior setup.
Any Other Business
- Jim Campbell: Can teams please start sending in presentation day details for the programme. The deadline for this will be the end of May. Jim needs a team photo, an introduction paragraph, brief player descriptions and one or two stats.
- Chris Samways: The adult disability team have two teams in the County Cup finals.
- Robert Baker: Recently read about a team in Berkshire where a parent took the club to court for not player their son enough. Let's hope that this doesn't happen in St Albans!
- There are no more managers meetings until September. Details for the upcoming AGM will be released shortly.