Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 78

Ripley Village FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/FOOTYFOCUSMAG Ripley Village FOOTBALL CLUB Ripley Village FC is a fine example of a club working together to provide local people an opportunity to enjoy the game. Football Focus Magazine recently caught up with Club Representative Lee Cooke to find out more about the good work that they’ve been doing lately. Involvement He told us, “I joined in the summer of 2016 following a successful spell at another local club. The chairman approached me to assist in taking the club forward and as a club we managed to achieve the clubs joint highest league position in our long and rich history, dating back 128 years.” The Role “Managing a grassroots football club always has various challenges, from player disagreements through to finding club sponsors. Every week 78 Issue 75 brings new challenges, selecting the best squad of players for each fixture and trying to keep everyone at the club happy. We are lucky at Ripley that everyone is in it for the club and do their best but it is still difficult to choose the 14 players who we think will win us the 3 points on a Saturday afternoon.” Atmosphere “The club has a real positive feel good factor, something we had a few years ago and this comes from good people being around the club, whether they are behind the scenes or the players themselves. It’s good to see everyone working together to give local lads good football.” Off-Season “The off season was very busy and my phone was pretty much glued to my hand, recruiting new players, retaining existing players as well as arranging preseason training and fixtures which can be quite a lengthy process to organise the venues and officials. I’ve been lucky that the rest of the management team support the decisions being made and have great input to what we all do. We are one club and it’s important to involve everyone. We are building on already great links we have in the community and this is important for me to continue to have these links with what is a great village.”