CHURCHDOWN PANTHERS F.C
CHAIRMANS REPORT 2012-2013
Once again this year Panthers had an eventful and enjoyable playing season. The impact of the wet and cold winter weather has at times frustrated our fixture list, but rescheduled matches were crammed in, extending our formal season well into May for some teams.
Our good level of membership has been sustained , comprising in excess of 230 players, across 13 age groups.
Each of these 13 age defined teams is managed by volunteers who require to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of the FA Charter Standard membership which the club has retained for a 6th year. CRB registration, First Aid Skills, Child Care and football Coaching Qualifications are all aspects that require to be addressed.
It is certainly not just a matter of turning up with a whistle and a ball or two!!
Our results have been mixed but games are always enjoyed, -- well nearly always!
The season has evolved a number of league and cup successes.
In particular are the League Championship successes for both the Under 12s and U13s. The U12s also took their age group County Cup trophy, winning the final on penalty kicks. In addition our U9 Whites enjoyed an unexpected league cup final runner up success, playing at Whaddon Road, Cheltenham Town FC. after defeating the competition favourites by the only goal in their semi final.
Two highlights from our season featured former Panthers Matt Smith, now a professional with Oldham Athletic and Joe Hanks. Matt made national and local headlines by scoring the goals which knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup. Matt spent 4 seasons at Panthers during his formative years. Also recent Panther Joe Hanks has signed professional terms with Cheltenham Town, and we look forward to an exciting future for him.
Once again The Club is grateful to all the various providers of playing facilities. Finding and sustaining decent pitches remains our single biggest concern, one which each year gets no easier. Imminent changes in national FA rules will dictate the availability of smaller 9 v 9 player pitches for some age groups and we need to find this facility for next season.
The club acknowledges the support we enjoy from all of our volunteer managers and coaches, parents and of course the enthusiasm of our young members which in the end makes all their hard work worthwhile
KEITH CLARK Chairman, Churchdown Panthers FC.