This year’s End of Season presentation was a little different than before. We’d decided to try and complete all the presentations in one day (which is a lot with so many teams involved) and to finish the day with a bit of a party, disco, food, bar etc.
How would it go? Would the presentations overrun? Would the venue be ok? Would anyone turn up to the evening event?
Rumshack Entertainment were approached to help stage the event, again moving away from what we had done before, but with the help of ex-Felpham Colt Richard Borrer at Rumshack and Ian Gibbs from Middleton Farm Shop a marquee was erected and kitted out in the club colours for what was hoped to be a celebration of the successful season the club has had.
With a need to complete so many presentations the first one for youngest age groups the under 5’s and 6’s started at 9.00am. The Chairman and Vice Chairman presided over the awards and were ably assisted by Lorraine Bradley who helped the day run like clockwork.
The first major Presentation of the day was the Chairman’s Trophy. Flora Harding was presented with this for her fantastic efforts over the past year in running the Tea Hut on Saturday mornings at KGV. This facility has been instrumental in improving attendances at training for both players and parents alike and should not be underestimated.
Outside, a football pitch had been set up for the children to occupy themselves before and after their presentation and proved very popular with all age groups.
Numerous dignitaries had been invited to attend to help present trophies and it was good to see so many turn up during the course of the day. Fran Watson of Inspire Leisure who has done so much for the club, and others, for the past 20 odd years, Paul English of Felpham Parish Council who, as a member of the Arun Grants Committee helps with fundraising for the enviable facilities in the village.
The under 16 Colts received a bit of a surprise with being their last season together when manager Sue Weeks presented a DVD for the occasion which highlighted the teams achievements over the years with a backing track sung by Sue herself.
Finally at around 7pm the last set of awards were completed for the u18 Colts and as people drifted away thoughts turned to the evening party.
The Hog Roast had been slowly cooking all day, the bar had been open since 10 in the morning and the disco had arrived and was set up. Would everybody come back?
As it turned out the evening event was a roaring success with a conservative estimate of 400-500 in attendance. It was good to see so many people enjoying themselves, Managers, Coaches, Players and Parents alike. A number of well known faces from the past were also present and helped to make the night a real community event.
The dance floor was packed and with ‘Saturday Night’, ‘Macarena’ and ‘Oops Upside Your Head’ proving popular choices amongst parents and players alike with many to be seen performing those dance routines – No need to name names as there are pictures as evidence!
Needless to say that everyone who attended had a great time and we’ll look forward to seeing you all again next time.