The new season is up on us… thoughts from the Chairman.

August 9, 2013 News

Hello Lambs Lovers,

Whilst it might feel as though the curtain dropped on the 2012/13 season just a few weeks ago, we’re less than a day away from the start of a new campaign.

Langsford Park has been a hive of activity during the close season, with the Red & Black Club just a few weeks away from a grand re-opening – more on that soon.  As ever, having had just a few weeks to overcome the hammering it took last year, the pitch has been worked on tirelessly by Richard, Derek, Rob and John to prepare it for the season ahead (please let us have a mild winter!).
On reflection of all that has been going on, I’d like to take this opportunity to give thanks, on behalf of everyone who cares for our Club, to our small band of committed volunteers for their massive contributions over the past few weeks, both inside the Clubhouse and outside on the pitch.  You have literally raised our Club from the ashes, following two and a half years of continual compromise.  I know it’s been exhausting, stressful and scary at times, but the fruits of your labour will be there for all to see as we move ever closer to our 125th Anniversary next month.  And thank you to the many unsung heroes who return once again to help make our Ground the League’s favourite, having been voted as the best for the third time in four years. Whether in the pay hut, running the 50:50, looking after the officials at half-time or mucking out the changing rooms, every bit of effort you put in makes us shine that little bit brighter.

And what a great way to kick off the new season – facing Carlsberg Peninsula Premier League newcomers, Exmouth Town, to our friendly ground for our first home league match.  We wish them the very best for the season ahead and we won’t be taking their newboy status for granted, having won both the Division One East league and the Devon Premier Cup last year.  Should be an intriguing encounter.

It’s also very exciting to be starting the season with NINE squad members under 21 and SIX 17 year olds amongst the Tavistock ranks – really great to see so many local youngsters stepping up – many having developed on the Crowndale pitches whilst playing within the Community Football Club.  Welcome back to the familiar faces and well done to our youngest for making the grade.  I hope you’ll enjoy your first season and many more to come whilst playing your part to help develop this excellent Club, both on and off the pitch.  We look forward to opening the new players bar as soon as we can – it really will be somewhere you can call home and there’ll be nowhere else in this league that can offer you a better setup, so please make the most of it.  And if you could remove your boots before treading additional mud into the changing rooms, our post-match cleanup team would be over the moon!

Speaking of new faces, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Mandy Ewings and Nicola Bradley on to the AFC Committee.  As both currently serve on the Community Football Club committee, their induction brings us one step closer to developing a unified management team for ‘Football in Tavistock’.

Mandy takes on the role of General Secretary, whilst Nicola, in addition to general committee duties, has been appointed as Commercial Manager for both Tavistock AFC and Tavistock Community Football Club.  On her appointment, Nicola says “I’m looking forward to working on behalf of both Clubs, whilst developing relationships with businesses in the area to bring much needed funding to develop football within the Town”.  Andy Mitchell, Chairman of Tavistock Community Football Club added “Nicola already works tirelessly on behalf of the Community Football Club, so we’re grateful that she has agreed to be the commercial representative for Football in Tavistock.  The additional funds she will raise will help secure the future of football within the town, ensuring that our youngest members can look forward to playing at senior level in Tavistock for years to come”.

So great news for the Club all round!

And now some appeals for volunteers, whilst I think about it:

– Anyone who might be interested in running the Burger Bar, full training can be given and the Club will do what it can to cover any personal expenses.
– Anyone who might like to run the line on matchdays – we could do with a couple of volunteers.  Training can be given, but if we have any qualified referees out there, please let us know!
– Website contributors – we’re open to offers.  The more you put in, the more the site can entertain others.
– And anyone who might be interested in helping out with pitch and general Club maintenance, please make yourself known to our Committee members.  We rely heavily on manpower and all offers of help are welcome.
– And to anyone who might like to sponsor us, in any way, please get in touch with Nicola or myself.  Our details are on this site.


I’ll leave it here, as I’m being called home for dinner, but I’m hoping that you’re all as excited as I am about how our Club is moving forward in 2013.  See you soon and please keep in touch!

Chris Fenner

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