Football Focus Issue 65 - Page 33

Tunbridge Wells Involvement He told us, “I first came along just to watch my local club after getting rather frustrated watching football at the highest level on TV, where the players were clearly just playing for their egos and ridiculous amounts of cash! I was soon roped into helping out and have been the club secretary for 7 years.” The Role “The most challenging part of my role is the registration of players at the start of season as I need an original signature from the player, manager and myself but someone is always away on holiday! Match day mornings when the rain comes down is tough. Trying to spend time with my young family is not easy when umpteen messages about weather updates and pitch inspections are coming through! The most rewarding thing is just to see my local team playing and winning, knowing that I have been a part of that organisation in making the games go ahead.” Present “Last season was disappointing as we had to replace both our manager and our chairman during it, which never makes things easy. We also went out of every cup competition at the first attempt and finished in our lowest league position for a number of years. The atmosphere at the club is all good at the moment; a fresh season, with a fresh start – we can’t wait to get going. We are committed to playing an important role in the community are a family club with no swearing allowed and children always welcome as mascots or just to play around the ground.” As your local Funeral Directors in Tunbridge Wells Kent, we know how important it is to be available for the family at the time of need. Our team are dedicated and qualified professionals who provide a personal emergency service to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year… Let us help take the stress away from you at this difficult time. 01892 523 131 2-4 Albion Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2PE Youth “Youth football is very important to the club. In fact, we have a tie up with Tunbridge Wells Ridgeway FC who have teams from Under 7’s up to Under 18’s with a very large number of coaches registered. It’s always great to see one of their players break into the Tunbridge Wells first team. Conference South is the biggest rise in recent years for our young players. We have three players on a contract this season which is the first time we have done so, as feel that they have real promise.” Challenges/Ambitions “Our biggest challenge at the moment is the 3G pitch debate! Is it a good thing and can we get funding! With the great British weather becoming more and more unpredictable, it really does seem like they are going to have to be the way forward. Sponsorship is always a major challenge - how to attract the cash into the club based on volunteers alone. We hope to finish in the top 6 this season and have good cup runs, promotion is the aim next season. Beyond that, who knows - it would then depend upon any additional interest in the club following a promotion. That would then hopefully bring the financial backing which in a way sounds a little sad for non-league football but it is a reality that you need to cash to survive and progress at this level.” 33