There was a lot more good news than bad news at the annual meeting of the Horrabridge Rangers Sports Association on Wednesday (August 2, 2017)
Allan Yeo, re-elected as chairman, said complaints about the pavilion on Facebook had overstated their problems. A painting and cleaning drive had transformed the place and work was in hand on new showers and a canopy to make a shelter outside.
One reason for the effort is to make the place more friendly to female players and the new team Horrabridge Rangers Ladies, formed from the remnants of a Tavistock-based team which found itself without a manager, has already found a lot of local interest and talent.
It has built a potential squad of 22 and is doing well in friendlies in the course of shaping up for a first full season, starting in September. Home friendlies, with a good crowd of supporters already building, are lined up for the next few Tuesdays – August 8 (against Callington), August 15 and August 22, starting 7 pm. And there are training sessions through the summer, Tuesdays 7-8, when there is not a match.
Goalkeeper Zoe Stock has already been spotted and invited to a series of training sessions for promising goalies at Plymouth Argyle.
The junior teams picked up a couple of trophies this last season and a Summer Footie Club for under-9 categoriess on Fridays, 4.30-5.30, is bringing on new talent. For that, contact Richard Eales on 07768 974797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sad news was an announcement by Mr Eales that he had to give up trying to run an under-18s team. The under-15s will now be the last junior level before the adult team, which has a history going back to 1904.
However, both adults and juniors are starting a new year with small funds in their accounts and some of the big expenses for the year already paid out.
The Recreation Fields Trust, which maintains the grounds on behalf of the parish council, has gone public with its funding concerns. But the club itself is managing just fine, according to Mr Yeo.
In the past year it has re-organised, registered as a charity, upgraded its FA accreditation for management standards, organised a fund-raising fun day, and come to terms with a lot of laborious safety and child protection requirements, including registration and ID cards for all minors and screening and government courses for all adults..
The meeting agreed to appoint a kit manager, to make sure team sponsorship money went through the books, claim tax back under the Gift Aid scheme, and keep track of the signature black and amber kit for all teams. Allan Yeo said a complete set of first-team kit had been lost after one season – missing, presumed lost in somebody’s boot or garage. Inquiries were in progress but meanwhile the sponsor was not very happy.