This week, our Editor (Brian) has decided to hang up his pen (well actually, put his keyboard away!) and take a well-earned break. Therefore the production of this week’s Newsletter has been entrusted to me (Vicki). Brian’s instruction was to maintain the high standard of the last 135 editions and ‘don’t mess up’. Don’t hold your breath Brian!! Here goes…….
Feedback from the latest Board meeting
The Board met again last week and amongst a busy agenda, the following items were discussed:
Barton Stadium – the ‘Stadium Gang’ are continuing their efforts over the close season and are making improvements to the facilities ‘off the field’. Meanwhile work commenced this week on the pitch, more information will follow in the coming weeks.
The Business Plan tracker for 2014/15 was reviewed with further actions agreed to ensure that we meet the commitments set at the start of last season. The Business plan for 2015/16 will be looked at and agreed soon. It is important that we produce and monitor the Business Plan as it ensures that we continue to make improvements in all areas of our Club.
Links with junior football and also the latest position of 1874’s under 21 side.
Community & charity – there’s some fantastic work being driven forward by Steve. It’s fair to say that we are excited with plans to move this important aspect of our Club forward.
Promoting the 1874 image including advertising and market stall involvement. We will be looking for volunteers soon!
Match day duties for all Board members and suitable cover for any absences. It’s important that we know what tasks need carrying out leading up to, and on match day, in case of absences. For example, who will collect the Birties pies if our Chairman was unavailable? Therefore Rob (our Society Secretary) is pushing us to complete our task lists so that he can produce a grand plan. This will also ensure that essential rules are always followed, which will avoid League and FA fines. We really do have a very good Society Secretary, he doesn’t let anyone ‘slack off’!
We reviewed the recent presentation evening – which turned out to be a FANTASTIC night. Well done to Brian who organised the event. Same again next year please!
Re-vamp of the shop at the ground and also a plan to paint it GREEN!!
ICT and website improvements plus training for Board members. We are committed to improving our communication lines to supporters, watch out for further developments.
Possible cricket game at Davenham CC – Gary and Alex are looking for supporters to come forward, who would like to play for an 1874 team (possibly with some of our football players who are multi-skilled!). This social event will take place on Sunday 12th July.
Update from Steve on the Manchester Cycle event and also a membership benefit scheme to be introduced soon.
The Board also discussed suggestions from Phil Burgess about further community work, along with an idea from Nigel Leather (Level One) regarding work at the ground to facilitate fans and create more atmosphere. I love the fact that our brilliant supporters are listened to and encouraged to develop their ideas when possible.
Under 21s confirmed
We are delighted to advise that confirmation has been received that 1874 Northwich FC’s U21 team will take their place in The Cheshire under 21 County League Grassroots division from next season.
Board member Alex Dickinson, responsible for Youth Development commented:
“One of 1874’s stated objectives within our business plan is to develop a long-term strategy regarding the possible creation of both 1874 Northwich junior and women’s teams. In developing and creating an U21 team this is the first stage in that strategy. Under 21 football is an area which is currently under-represented both locally and nationally a fact also recognised by Cheshire FA who set up the U21’s league structure last season. The creation of an U21 team will provide the opportunity for boys within that age group to continue their football progress and bridge a gap between youth and senior football.”
Josh Hoare, who currently manages a local U18’s side will manage the team with his father Alan acting as Assistant Manager. Both are qualified FA coaches. Alex Dickinson will act as Secretary. Home games will be played at Moss Farm in Northwich.
Sponsorship of the side has been secured with a local company Your Life Your Way which is an agency based in Northwich that provides support to older people and people living with disabilities.
Additionally last week we were delighted to hear that following our application to the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme, we have been awarded a grant for £1,500.
Any potential players wanting more information should contact Alex Dickinson at the club via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hartford ‘Party in the Park’
This Sunday (24th) 1874 will be supporting the Party in the Park (opposite the Tennis Club) in Hartford. The event runs from 12 until 5pm and we will have a stand and volunteers on hand to help raise awareness of our Club. It would be good to see a few Greens at the event. Fingers crossed for good weather!
On Sunday 28 June, around 20 people will make up #Team1874 and will head off on their bikes to cycle 26 miles around Manchester. This event is in support of the Neuromuscular Centre (www.nmcentre.com) our Charity Partner for the coming season. Each person taking part has been provided with a sponsorship form however donations can also be made by using the Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/1874NorthwichFC. The NMC is a fantastic charity, that aims to improve the quality of life for adults and young people with Muscular Dystrophy and therefore we hope that everyone will support this important fundraising event.
Talking of the NMC, Steve Richardson (Board Member – Community) visited the Centre this week, to catch up with the fantastic staff and clients. While he was there, he offered complimentary tickets for our games next season. Our partnership with them is really gearing up and you’ll hear lots more about our links in the coming weeks.
We are very pleased to be able to support Hartford Junior FC, as they raise important funds for Ciaran’s Cause. We will be loaning our green kit to ‘The Veterans’ as they play in the charity game on Sunday 6 June.
2015 Beer Festival
Just a reminder that we still have some Beer Festival tickets available, priced at only £5 each. These can be purchased from Brew to Bottle on London Road or from Nigel at Level One Computers in town. The Festival is always a very popular, enjoyable event so if you haven’t got your tickets yet, please hurry! The date for your diary is Saturday 27June.
Season tickets 2015/2016
Next year’s season tickets have been ordered – more details on prices and availability will be released soon.
1874 Board member news
Despite trying to keep their news very ‘low key’, we are thrilled to let everyone know that two of our Board Members have recently tied the knot. Congratulations and very best wishes to John & Maggie Coats and James & Claire Wood. (Sorry guys, I just had to ‘spill the beans’!)
1874 around the world
We are always delighted to hear that 1874 colours have been found in various parts of the world. This week, over to the University in Thomasville, USA….
Pictured below are the Night Hawks men’s and ladies teams
Important request from our Chairman – Volunteers required!
The Club is calling for volunteers to assist with essential pitch maintenance at the Barton Stadium this Sunday (24 May) from 9am.
We really hope that as many supporters as possible will be able to come along and lighten the load. This week, we need to move a significant amount of sand and top soil across the surface, therefore we would ask that volunteers bring forks and spades along.
There’s plenty of work to do, to prepare the pitch for the new season therefore we would truly appreciate your support. Thank you!
And finally this week, a young man who keeps melting our hearts! Seb Baker is clearly very proud to wear his 1874 colours. Thanks to his Dad Tim, for sharing this wonderful photo.
Well that’s my effort in putting the Newsletter together. It is hard work and tougher than my Secretary job! So I want to say well done and thank you to Brian Edge, for producing the previous 135 editions. I know the Newsletter is well received and we all look forward to Friday evenings, to hear the latest on our brilliant Club. Just hope I’ve not ‘messed up’ and you tune in for number 137!
Come on you 74!!