I know I speak for all the managers and committee members when I say how disappointed we are that we are still unable to provide football in any way shape or form. Like so many of you, I really miss the sound of the girls and boys playing football, cheering, laughing, the mickey-taking at the expense of the coaches and the groans as last gasp goals go in or narrowly miss. Many of the managers are even missing painting the lines and the difficulties in securing a referee.
In this unprecedented time, we hope that families are keeping well and the children are coping with the immense pressures placed upon them. All of us involved in the club are parents or carers ourselves, so understand only too well the difficulties that these youngsters are dealing with, the challenges of online learning and homeschooling , the worry of illness, lack of social interaction with peers and the isolation created by this third lockdown. Hopefully, most are managing to keep fit so that when they can take part in sports again, and they are raring to go. Something we are keen to arrange for them as soon as it is safe to do so.
As a committee, we chose to offer a significantly reduced fee for the 20/21 season to help families impacted financially by the pandemic and it is anticipated that we will offer something similar for the coming 21/22 season. It is our intention to fairly reflect the reduced opportunities that members have had this season, yet still secure the longevity of the club. Thank you to those families who have paid in full for this current season and as your Chairman I can assure you that ATYFC is financially secure, with funds protected for the future of the club.
The managers and committee still continue to meet “virtually” on a monthly basis, attending FA meetings, league meetings and continued training. I am hopeful that some of them are even keeping up their own fitness levels in readiness.
Wishing you all the very best, and I hope to be bringing you more positive news very soon.
Alresford Town Youth FC