Update from our Chairman 

 

12th May 2020


Hi All,


I hope this message finds you and your families well. I wrote to you last month explaining how we as a Club
had started planning for the recovery period, in hope that we may now firmly be in a position to get all our
teams back out on the training pitch, if not playing games. Unfortunately, the Prime Ministers latest update
hasn’t yet opened that door for us, but that hasn’t stopped the Committee and I from pushing forwards with
our plans.
We have been extremely busy over the past four or five weeks doing a root and branch review of the Club,
looking at ways we can continue to grow and develop whilst sustaining the wonderful family atmosphere
that surrounds us.
Winning the prestigious High Peak Sports Award Club of the Year just before COVID19 impacted on us was a
culmination of many years of hard work from everyone involved in the Club. We have now subsequently
been formerly nominated for the regional Derbyshire Awards. This is something that you should all be proud
of, the Club isn’t one member, it’s all of us standing together, just as we are through these challenging times.
Part of the citation for the award recognised our commitment to our players, through the coaching pathway
we provide. We have invested heavily in our coach’s continuous professional development, ensuring
everyone has a FA Level 1 qualification but more significantly over the past twelve months, we have invested
in 12 coaches in their Level 2 qualification and have one of our Open Age coaches on the UEFA B licence
programme. Once complete our Club will have one coach with UEFA A licence and two with UEFA B licences.
This is something we are exceptionally proud of and is the envy of many teams, even at semi-professional
level.
As a committee we are getting more adept at Zoom meetings to co-ordinate all the ongoing activity.
Hopefully some of you will have seen on our Facebook Tintwistle Athletic FC or Twitter @TinnyAthleticFC
some of the updates. If you’re on social media please make sure you give us a follow.
One of the committee members, Paul, has invested lots of blood, sweat and tears into developing our new
website. It is absolutely amazing and we are developing it further as we go along, again please go and have a
look and let us have some feedback, it’s at www.tintwistleathletic.co.uk

You will see on there the unfortunate news that we have had to cancel our Summer tournaments. This is
devastating for a number of reasons, firstly because it’s our chance for our teams to play on home turf
(literally) and showcase our wonderful clubhouse and pitches but from a financial perspective, it is a crushing
blow. We had a huge number of teams entered and we are now in the process of refunding the best part of
£2500. The tournaments are our biggest fundraisers, the money earned allows us to pay for so many of our
essential high expenditure items.
For example, the end of season drainage maintenance work that we have to complete as part of our contract
for the grant we received, to have the drainage installed. This is £4000 alone, a significant amount of money,
for work that will be completed in the next couple of weeks.
That doesn’t include the other maintenance work that we have had completed with work still ongoing,
another £8000. The photos on the next page show you how the pitches are currently looking, they are like
Wembley, but this is only down to the significant financial investment we have had to make.

We have decided to further postpone the Presentation Evenings for the time being. We are hoping that as
we move into Phase 2 and 3 of the restrictions being lifted that we can still deliver the evenings for you, the
players and the coaches, it’s something to look forward to and something that you all deserve.
As I mentioned the planning for the new season hasn’t stopped, we have just ordered new socks and
footballs for all the teams, another £2000 outlay, but again something that absolutely has to be done.
In that vein, we are arranging for socially distanced ‘drop the kit off’ days. This Saturday between 9am-12
noon, Thursday 21st May between 5pm-7pm and Saturday 23rd May 9am-12 noon we will have someone at
the Clubhouse to receive kit. All we need you to do, perhaps whilst you are out taking a walk, or having a run, is to bring bags, coats, shirts and shorts (Please do not return any socks) to the patio door at the
Clubhouse, drop the bag inside and give us the players name. It’s really important we get all kit in as soon as
possible so we can prepare allocations of next seasons kits.
So, it won’t have gone un-noticed that I have gone into detail about just some of our financial outgoings and
this aspect of the Club has caused me and the other committee members the most angst. We have been
truly humbled by the love and support you have shown us and we wanted to try and give something back.
I mentioned last month that our subscriptions are spread over 12 months as that helps us to keep
subscriptions down for the Tinny family and us budget better, over the year, and that hasn’t changed. That
said, we know the players haven’t been training or played games, so we have literally spent hours and hours
trying to work out how we can get through this period.
The first step we would like to take is to offer you the opportunity to reduce subscriptions to £10 a month,
initially for June and we will then review before subsequent months, getting further communications out as
we understand more about the lifting of restrictions. We cannot alter the amount so you would need to
change the standing order with your bank. I am deeply upset and sincerely sorry that we cannot stop these
completely, but the reality is that we would go under if that was the case. Whilst we have been provided with
some government funding, there is a huge deficit, due to some of the reasons I have outlined above.
As I articulated last time, we are conscious of the financial implications that COVID19 has had on some of our
Tinny family and we want to help as much as possible. If anyone is struggling financially then please contact
anthony_kidd@sky.com 07528 958997 or jillcrossland@outlook.com 07950 359879 in absolute confidence to
discuss how we can assist.


Stay healthy and support each other, we are in this together, see you all soon.


Rob Cousen
Chairman

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