Welcome to what’s going to be the first in a series of updates over the coming months as to what’s going on in and around Eagle Park, and at Kewford Eagles. At the recent manager’s meeting, it was raised that it’d be useful if we could put out a bit more information on what we’re up to behind the scenes at the club.
Please let us know if this is useful, and if there are any specific queries, please tell your manager and they’ll feed them up to the committee.
The biggest immediate problem we’ve been facing this season is the drainage of pitches. We’re trying to get to the bottom of why it’s been much worse this year, and we suspect there’s some offsite pipe damage.
Drainage has been something we’ve been working on for years, and tried several approaches. The financial hit the club took during the pandemic has reset the more expensive approaches we were looking into, but over the past few weeks and in the coming weeks too, we’ve got people coming on site to help us come up with a workable long term solution.
In the meantime, we’re hugely grateful to the work of Asa and Marisa, who look after the pitches, for making so many pitches playable most weekends, in very difficult circumstances.
You may have seen around Eagle Park one or two sets of metal goals on wheels. Our long term plan for the club is to bring in more of these sets, and reduce the reliance on plastic goals, which don’t handle the wear and tear as well. We’re applying for grant funding to help us buy more sets, so it’s going to be a long process, but the work has started there.
RESPECT AND REFEREES
Managers and committee members attended a meeting called by the Stourbridge league in November around the growing amount of abuse young referees are getting. We have a good record at Kewford of supporting referees, and it wasn’t our teams that were being talked about. However, it is worth reiterating: please respect the referees, and please only managers should approach a referee at the end of a match to talk about decisions/moments in the game.
The number of local referees has notably reduced in the last year, in part because of the abuse they’re receiving. Please help us support the refs who come to Eagle Park and keep our games going.
Separately, Kewford is investing in training up referees too. Each year, we’re funding the training of five new referees, and this is open to anybody aged 14 or over. Interested? Let your team’s manager know.
FUNDING OF CLUB
Kewford Eagles is a registered charity, and if you’re interested in where our funding comes from, and an overview of numbers, our listing is available publicly here: https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/5039762
Do you know any businesses who might be interested in sponsorship opportunities around our ground? We’ve got long term ideas and plans as to how we want to develop the site and improve the facilities, and part of us being able to fund them is launching new sponsorship packages. If there’s anyone who can help/would be interested, please can you drop Daz an email:
Just a reminder: please, when parking, try not to block entrances and exits, and stick to the parking bays. It helps us enormously, particularly on days when we have 20-30 games on!
A huge thank you to all of you for being part of what we do. From top to bottom, the team is fuelled by volunteers who are just trying to get as many kids as we can playing football.
One point that came out of the managers meeting was that more regular communication of what the club’s plans are would be useful. Please let us know if this newsletter fits the bill, and if it works, we’ll do this more regularly.
The Kewford Eagles management committee