Hi to all of you in our extended Football Family.
This last season was a season like no other and to say it was “unprecedented” is a gross understatement.
What it has reminded me though is that we all have “common ground “despite our many and varied differences and reasons for being involved.
We come from different walks of life, we have many and varied opinions on issues, we have different philosophies and different levels of involvement.
The very nature of sport is tribal with club identities being an integral part of competition and a sense of purpose and belonging.
But what we all share is the love of Football, or at the very least, the love of seeing our family and friends enjoying sport and social interaction.
The pandemic and stop start nature of the season caused frustration, anxiety confusion and even anger at times, with genuine fear for the safety and health and well-being for our players, match officials and stakeholders as we moved forward.
What my board and administration tried to provide was that “common ground” appreciating that we were never going to find a perfect solution but hopefully the best result for the majority of our stakeholders.
We lost some players and some clubs along the way and for sincere and genuine reasons.
All of us on the board and our administration team respected those decisions as we did those that chose to play on.
To that aim it is in no small way that my personal thanks and on behalf of all of Football to the volunteers that selflessly rolled up their sleeves and made this season possible at all levels.
As a result of the dedication of you and all the volunteers, parents, grandparents, caregivers, friends and supporters we were able to have a season of sorts.
We ran on-line remote training and webinars and interviews with Football identities until we could get back on the park and my thanks also to our admin team and your clubs for re doing draws and dealing with the many changes at the 11th hour.
We were able to provide some social interaction and some sense of normalcy whilst coming out of isolation, lockdowns and school closures.
Let’s not forget those times as we move forward to season 2021 with some hope for the lessening impact of this real and still present virus and welcome back players and clubs to less stressful and more stable times that lay ahead.
I could “bang on” about grants and infrastructure projects and those material parts of our game but this past season and the seasons ahead rely on the goodwill and spirit of all of you and the selfless hours of volunteer labour and support that we are ever increasingly reliant on for the success and ability to put teams on the park.
So, in closing this report is not about facts and figures and numbers and finances but a collective thankyou to everyone involved at every level.
It is a season that I won’t forget but happy to put it behind me!
As we move forward let’s celebrate that “common ground “that we share and embrace it for all it is worth.
Not forgetting the enormous task of re-grouping and the commitment to our love of the game as we recover on so many levels over the next few years.
I look forward to happier calmer waters ahead.
Chairman Football Mid North Coast