South Woodham Ferrers United FC, held its ‘Annual General Meeting’ and ‘2017 Club Awards’, at Club Woodham.
SWFU Joint Chairmen Darren Thompson and Chris Firminger, addressed the Club’s Team Managers and guests, to celebrate the Club’s outstanding first season.
They began by thanking all the Club’s sponsors for their valuable and essential support to our teams this season. They continued to thank all the team’s parents, supporters, coaches and committee members for their dedication in ensuring our boys and girls teams enjoy their football every week.
Darren and Chris then presented the ‘SWFU 2017 Club Awards’.
Congratulations to all the very deserving nominees and winners:
Most Improved Junior Team.
U11 Pink Dolphins.
Winner – U11 Eagles. Following a difficult start to the season, losing players and incurring some hard results; the Eagles have constantly improved and achieved some strong results towards the end of the
Junior Manager of the Year.
Mark Smith (U7 Reds).
Winner – Joe Foot. Joe has created a close-knit team with the Tigers and shows fantastic commitment, besides having the furthest commute to the Club every weekend. He has superb support and help within the team and recently played a major part in our own mini U9 Tournament at Meadowbank.
Junior Team of the Year.
Winner – U11 Panthers. The Panthers have improved brilliantly throughout the season. Their hard work was rewarded with a medals cup final, while just missing out in the Thames section title.
Most Improved Team of the Year
Winner – U13 Dynamos. The Dynamos have a fantastic team ethic and have enjoyed their best season to date. Following some difficult times, ‘Derek and the Dynamos’ finished this season as Joint League Winners, playing in some high-pressure play-offs to achieve this.
Youth Manager of the Year.
Winner – Rob Debell. Rob took charge of an already successful Warriors team and has enhanced and improved on their already impressive results. The season saw the team just miss out on the League title, but were rewarded with promotion as runners up. An excellent season! Rob makes running his team look easy and goes about it without the other managers knowing!
Youth Team of the Year.
Winner – U16 Hawks. The Hawks found themselves in an extremely competitive league this year, with some tough physical games to contest. Lee and the boys experienced the disappointment of losing a cup final late in the season, but bounced back with a winning attitude and determination, to secure the League Title on the last day of the season – in front of a record crowd at Compass Gardens!
Adult Team Manager of the Year.
Winner – Tony Grisedale. Tony has seen his team grow from boys to men, having been involved throughout their youth careers. He has developed his squad to have a great team spirit and ensures it is maintained to a high standard. His team finished third in the League, while enduring a run of extremely tight results. Tony has achieved this whilst holding the position of our Joint Treasurer this season.
Adult Team of the Year.
Pope and Smith.
Winner – Pope & Smith. This team have enjoyed a great first season with SWFU, narrowly missing out on our first senior Cup Final. The team’s results consistently improved throughout the season and ended with a well-deserved ‘League Runners Up’ trophy and promotion to Division Two.
Club Achievement Awards.
Young Persons Award.
Winner – Charles Thompson. Charles has been a leader in his team since a very young age, and still points out what his manager should be doing today. Charles has also been helping with coaching our youngsters at the Development Squad and was a real help to the Club at this years ‘Presentation Day’.
Clubman of the Year.
Mark Smith (U7 Reds).
Winner – Mark Smith. Mark has experienced a ‘baptism of fire’ in his first full season with the Club; having to step into the role of Team Manager and Coach, following Martin’s departure. Mark is welcoming to all players and will literally take anyone into his training sessions. Mark also displayed his outstanding commitment to the Club’s Presentation Day – setting up, clearing up and helping to run the day. He even brought his wife, mum and family along, to help provide refreshments on the day.
A vote of thanks was also given to Darren Thompson, Chris Firminger, Manny Cross, Ray Chettur and the Committee for their tireless commitment this year.
Finally, a BIG thank you to all our team’s parents, families and supporters.
Our players love their football! But they could not enjoy it without your support!