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Chairman's Report

CHAIRMAN’S  REPORT SEASON 2016-17

 

Even though this season did not provide as much cup success as the last one it has still been full of various schools football activities, both within and beyond our County boundary.

The Girls u16 County team reached the ESFA national inter-counties quarter-final. Julie Bowker, with the assistance of Sarah Nickless and Jenni Waldron (physio) have again done a great job with the team carrying on from the previous season's successes and were again South-west champions.

The U16 boys this season was a difficult one with Ben having to take over unexpectedly shortly into the season when Jake stepped down. Games proved difficult to sort and when we did play you could see we were not used to playing together, resulting in defeats.

Graham Clarke, with the continued support of Jason Gunningham continues to run our U18 county football despite ever-facing issues. Yet again he has been frustrated with how things have gone this year resulting in only two County schools game, one being a defeat in the national cup and the other in the South-West cup, both to Hampshire. However, we are fortunate that he has ensured that the boys in the U18 age-group have had some opportunity at this representative level, including with the Somerset FA team where they have achieved success this season. Graham, well done on your continued efforts and particularly on your work over the past 25years with 'us', a great achievement which we thank you whole-heartedly.

This year we 'resurrected' our U15 boys County team and thanks to Mo Hopkins and his 'team' they have had a busy season of friendlies in preparation for next season's competitive fixture list. We wish them good luck next year.

As a County SFA we offer a good range of football competitions for our young people and it is important that we recognize the continued voluntary efforts of individuals on running and organizing these competitions. We thank; Rob Supple U19 Schools, Somerset FA, particularly Sarah Nickless, with the Primary schools and the futsal competitions.

…...........And of course, to Dave Pavey who runs a very efficient operation with all the various boys and this season aso the girls competitions (U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U18 individual schools and U13, U14, U15 Inter-Areas) which culminate in the different finals. This year we had a mini crisis regarding venues for our finals but a big thankyou to Bridgwater Town and Wincanton Town who stepped in to provide suitable venues. Many thanks also to Graham Clarke & Pete Thomas who assisted myself and Dave at various finals. And it is a pleasure to say how successful the finals were on the pitch this year. All teams showed the approach to schools football that we promote, so a big thankyou to team managers/coaches.

Congratulations to all the schools and Areas who won through to our County finals and to Yeovil schools who won a clean sweep of our inter-area finals.

Also a mention to our local schools who flew the flag for Somerset so successfully in the national competitions; Millfield U18 boys (ISFA national champions), Frome U16 girls (ESFA national champions) and Gordano U12 girls (ESFA indoor 5-a-side national champions)…...and good luck to Wadham U14 boys who will be attending the FA national Futsal finals in a couple of weeks time.

Of course a thank you to all the various local clubs, schools and colleges for allowing us to use their facilities this year. Without this help we would not be able to stage such excellent matches and finals. As already mentioned Bridgwater Town were very helpful but also Bridgwater College who have been particularly supportive of the County U15 team and their matches.

We must not forget the referees for giving their time to support us in our matches, at individual school, Area and County levels. It is important that we continue to push the FA’s respect campaign and teach young people (and parents!) of the need to respect the men, and women, in black! Without them we do not play!

Relationships with our partner the Somerset FA continue to be positive, so I would like to thank John Pike and his colleagues for their continued enthusiasm and support. We look forward to working with them even closer next season as developments continue to be made in terms of partnership and 'running' our Association due to ESFA initiatives.

Thank you to Adam Hawkins who has again efficiently been our meetings secretary and made sure we are all aware of dates and minutes.

So the end of another busy season. Thankyou to everyone, even if not mentioned above, for your continued support & work to keep us providing the football opportunities tht we have been able to do so far.

 

Richard Pryor,

Chairman SCSFA 2016-17