I took over as Chairman in July 2018 and I am delighted to be involved with such a fantastic community focussed grass roots junior football club. As a parent, coach and now Chairman, I couldn’t be prouder of the club we have. To ensure continued success as a club we have a really strong committee in place which will allow us to focus on four key priorities:
A safe environment for all – We have appointed two new Child Welfare Officers who will be highly visible and accessible to all children, parents and coaches. They are implementing a set of robust policies and processes to ensure every child feels safe and supported at Walton-le-Dale. See our child welfare page for more information.
We want to grow the club – By offering opportunities for younger children through our U5 and U6 academies. We are also striving to get more girls involved in the club, initially as part of our mixed teams but potentially through the introduction of girl’s teams. We want to offer progression after U16s football for those who want it and are exploring links to a local adult’s club to achieve this.
Quality coaching – All our current coaches will be supported and funded to achieve FA Level 1. We will also be looking to attract additional young coaches from outside the club to compliment and work alongside our current coaching pool (predominantly parents).
Financial stability – Ensuring that every member contributes fairly and that we have robust financial controls in place so we can continue to provide fantastic facilities and equipment. We are also looking at additional fundraising to help purchase an extra defibrillator and to potentially open up opportunities such as overseas tournaments.
The club is run entirely by volunteers, and is funded entirely by members and sponsors. We are always looking for people to get involved with the club; players, coaches, committee members – if you would like to know more please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors are so important to our club without whom we wouldn’t be able to provide such fantastic kit to our teams. I would like to thank every sponsor for your support, it is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in sponsoring one of our fantastic teams and have your logo on our kit and website then please see our sponsor page for more information.
Finally, thanks to all players, parents, coaches, volunteers / committee members for your continued support and hard work. Good luck for the season ahead.
Mark Murphy, Chairman