The 2015 season has been another progressive year with many successes on and off the pitch and everyone needs to be congratulated.
The club continues to grow and are well positioned to be the premier football club in the North East region with over 850 members.
I want to take the opportunity to thank the committee for their tireless effort in 2015. You should pat yourself on the back for putting 850 players on the park each week, distributing 3,000 garments, recruiting and training 100 coaches/ TMs, organising over 1,000 matches, scheduling 3,000 training sessions and hosting over 20,000 people that frequent our club each year. And of course managing the expectations of all our sponsors, organising social events and working closely with the FFV, local and state governments on various projects to promote our club. This is on top of caring for individual needs of parents and players during the year. Exceptional job team!
So when you are next at the club, take the opportunity to thank these passionate and dedicated people that put in an extraordinary amount of time to make the club very successful. (Click here to get to know your Committee)
The highlights of the season for the club have been:
- The ongoing success of the Saturday morning Spiderlings and Small Sided Football Program.
- Re-launch of our Summer Academy program
- Successful campaign by both the senior women and men in the knock-out cups and junior teams in various tournaments throughout the year
- Senior men & women & U18 boys being crowned premiers for 2015.
- The continued development of all the junior teams in all age groups.
- Further development of the girls program with teams in all age groups and 2 under 9 teams.
- The continued success of the over 45 league with 4 Eltham teams
Through the great support of our local state member Vicki Ward we have been able to embark on two major projects that will positively impact the Redbacks in coming years. The first is the redevelopment of our club rooms to cater for 850 members and ability to have multiple change rooms. We have commenced the feasibility study and have produced several concepts. Over the coming months I will be able to share more information which will include the need to raise funds to contribute towards the redevelopment. The second project is the St. Helena secondary college sport precinct project that includes the construction a synthetic pitch to be used by the Redbacks. The project has had its ‘kick off meeting’ and is up and running. They are now working through some data gathering for the design development phase before progressing to the construction tender. Work is expected to be completed by September 2016 at this stage. Club representatives are entrenched in both projects to ensure our interests are at the forefront of the working groups.
The club continues to implement the club’s 2011 – 2016 Strategic Plan with the key components being:
- Improve the quality, depth & diversity of the football programs
- Improve club infrastructure and access to the community
- Improve club administration and communications
- Develop a vibrant social program
In 2015 the club continued to make good progress against these strategies however there is always more work to do. The committee believe firmly in a strong integrated club and that success in junior program aids the senior programs and success in the senior programs aids the junior programs. (click here for the Strategic Plan)
The continued success of the club will not only be judged by the quality of the football programs but also how well the club is managed and provides an positive family friendly environment that everyone feels welcome.
I am also pleased our financial position continues to be profitable however the club continues to be under cost pressures in a number of areas which the committee is addressing.
Our focus on member protection and corporate governance has assured our processes and policies are well documented and provides members the surety of a well-managed club.
This year we recognise two outstanding individuals as life members. Ryan Adams and Phil David dedication and commitment spanning over a decade is why the club is held in high esteem by many. Their roles on the committee and the various projects will continue to have a life-long contribution which will be applauded for many years to come.
A special thanks go to all the volunteers – coaches, team managers, canteen staff and our duty manager. Without their support and ongoing commitment, the club would not have progressed as it has over the last 5 year.
Also a special thanks goes to our sponsors. With their support the club is able to invest into the football program that keeps us ahead of the rest. I strongly encourage you consider buying their products or use their services as a way to say thank-you for their on-going support. Pls refer to our sponsor page for their contact details. (Click here)
The committee has commenced planning for 2016 and will soon release further information about the 2016 football program including the coaching team for all age groups.
I wish you all the best for the remainder of 2015 and look forward to be your President in 2016.
Ivan Dalla Costa