CHURCHDOWN PANTHERS F.C
CHAIRMANS REPORT 2015-2016
Churchdown Panthers have concluded another terrific season, attracting new players and new coaches, to turn in some significant reward for our growing club.
Our player base has grown to around 300 players in Youth Football.
For next season we are able to add new teams at U6 and U7 age groups, we are adding a second team to our U9 and U10 age groups, and have already seen great success for a second U15s team (will be U16 next season).
This is fantastic news for our club and continued success on and off the field. We are adding a number of new coaches, especially at the younger age groups, and have signed up to the FA coach mentoring programme. This programme signifies the Football Association putting investment back in to grass roots football. We will work with the FA to develop a coaching programme to ensure we provide the best support for our young players, and give the new coaches the confidence to provide the best training schedules.
The Churchdown Panthers Goalkeeping School continues to grow, and we welcome in keepers from other clubs too. This season has seen two keepers progress to Cheltenham Town development squad, one keeper progress to West Brom (Glos) and two older keepers being awarded a scholarship at Cheltenham Town FC.
Perhaps the most disappointing news this season, was the need to disband our senior (mens) team. They did complete the season in the Cheltenham Association League, but a number of players are moving on to a higher level of football, and our long standing coach, Kev Taylor has decided it is time to move on to other opportunities.
The club wish Kev and all the senior players, the very best for the future.
The team bow out as champions of the GMB Senior Charity Trophy.
On the field our youth teams have seen great success too. Included in our highlights are, the U10s making the final of the league cup at Bishops Cleeve FC, and the U10 Colts winning their mid-season development tournament. Our U9s were unlucky in losing their Futsal tournament on penalties, and our U13s won 16 of their 18 league fixtures, to finish runners-up by just a single point. Our U15s finished runners-up in both the league and the GFA County Cup competition.
Each season all of the clubs and the league referees are asked to vote for the most sporting team in the league. This award recognises the game being played with the FA respect ethos, and demonstrates the fantastic effort and behavior portrayed by players, coaches and parents. To be voted a winner by the other clubs, and the referees is a true honour. So we are delighted to congratulate our U12 team on winning the 2015-16 Sportsmanship of the Year trophy.
We also continued sterling work in supporting local charities. We have links to Jenson’s Journey, which is a charity set up by the parents of one of our players, championing the support of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. http://www.jensonsjourney.com/
This year our U10s also did some sponsored events, as well as hosting a charity football tournament, in support of Winston’s Wish. This is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, offering support to bereaved children and their families. We were delighted to invite Liz Thatcher from Winston’s Wish to our Presentation Evening, to give her our cheque for around £1400. We also collected some more on the door!
We are delighted to announce that the Club was awarded The FA Standard Club Award in March this year. This is an annual audit, to ensure that our club operates in line with the FA guidelines for Youth Football, and that all of our managers and coaches are satisfactorily certificated to operate their roles.
Once again, the Club is grateful to all the various providers of playing facilities. Finding and sustaining good quality pitches remains our single biggest challenge.
Finally, the Club acknowledges the support we enjoy from all our volunteers, managers, coaches, and parents.
We look forward to continued growth and success in 2016-17
Churchdown Panthers Football Club