Chairman’s Statement Autumn 2017

Hello,

As the winter nights now begin to draw in, we reflect on the last few months and look back at what was a great summer for our Currie Star boys.  July saw four Currie Star year groups head off to the Gothia Cup – our 2000’s / 2003’s / 2004’s and 2005’s.  The boys may not have come back with silverware but what they did come back with are memories that will last them a lifetime.  Having spoken to all Head Coaches who travelled, I am reliably informed the boys had an absolute blast and were caught up in the Gothia bug!  I have yet to experience a better Tournament and this was reflected by the groups who attended.  Well done to all.

Our 2001 boys headed down to Huddesfield (somewhat less salubrious than Gothia!) in late July  to take part in the NB International Festival.  Whilst the organisers were less efficient, despite having about 20,000 players less than Gothia, our boys came back up the road with the winning trophy, adding to the Second Division League and League Cup they won two months previously. Three trophies for the burgeoning Kingsknowe Trophy cabinets!

Prior to these trips we held our very own Currie Star 20th Birthday Party at Kingsknowe.  The day was a fantastic success, with many activities for all the family and a huge turnout, which was more than expected.  As always, the Currie Star family came together and enjoyed a wonderful day.  Sincere thanks to all those who helped make the day happen……only five years until our next big party!

I am always sad to see any year group fold but unfortunately it is all part of football.  Phil Hay’s 2000 boys were making the transition from 17’s to 19’s in the summer but just could not pull in enough players to make running the year group viable.  I would like to thank Phil for all his hard work over the last two years running the team and wish him and the boys all the very best for the future.

Finally, I am delighted to report that the number of players wishing to join our younger age groups is growing almost beyond what we can cope with.  Indeed, many year groups are now having to create waiting lists as demand is exceeding supply.  Whilst we would like as many children as possible to join the Club, we are limited due to coaches and training facilities.  However, parents are obviously seeing how well the year groups are managed, which is great testimony to all the coaches and our partners, Play2Learn.  Well done to everyone……please keep up the good work.

Best regards.

John Brock

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