Hethersett reflect on fine season

Hethersett Athletic is a highly successful club providing competitive football for all ages from seven to adult, the club's annual meeting heard.Chairman Peter Steward reported on another highly enjoyable season - both on and off the pitch - with the club winning a number of trophies including the Women's Eastern Region League Cup for the third year in a row.

Hethersett Athletic is a highly successful club providing competitive football for all ages from seven to adult, the club's annual meeting heard.

Chairman Peter Steward reported on another highly enjoyable season - both on and off the pitch - with the club winning a number of trophies including the Women's Eastern Region League Cup for the third year in a row.

The U17 Girls achieved a league and cup double and the newly-formed Ladies' Hearts team won Norfolk League Division Two.

The men's Saturday team and the Men's Sunday Reserves had both won promotion. In addition the Saturday team won the Crown Fire Central and South Norfolk Pease League Cup.


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Off the pitch, the club's annual youth team funday at Hethersett Junior School and the club's first ever fireworks evening in November had proved highly successful.

The chairman praised the efforts of a large number of people involved with the club:

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'Running a club like Hethersett Athletic is now a major undertaking and I am extremely grateful, as always, to all those who have put so much effort into the club throughout the season.

'We have a number of outstanding people helping to run our club which is now virtually a business, taking thousands of hours of time.

'We must never lose sight of the fact that our club is run entirely by volunteers who give selflessly of their time and expertise,' he said.

The Lee Thompson Memorial Shield for outstanding contribution to the club was awarded to organisers of the fun day, Steve Raven, Richard Gamble and Mike Molloy.

Secretary Mel Perkins, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his services to sport, reported on what he described as the 'busiest and most difficult to run season' since the formation of the club.

A total of 330 league games had been played and overall 485 league, cup and friendly matches arranged.

A total of 85 games had been postponed due to bad weather and had to be re-arranged.

In the coming season the club would be running 15 teams in five leagues.

The club now has 330 playing members of which 95 are men, 36 ladies, 25 girls, 115 youth and 59 mini soccer players.

Mel reported an excellent disciplinary record, with just four sendings off during the season.

The club had appealed against two of these with one being rescinded and another having a suspension time cut. There had been just

33 bookings (about one every 15 games).

Club treasurer Mike Molloy reported healthy balances following a season when the club faced a number of financial challenges.

Officers elected: Chairman, Peter Steward; vice-chairman, Kevin Swann; secretary, Mel Perkins MBE; assistant secretary, Sue Buffin; treasurer, Mike Molloy; Welfare Officer, Sue Buffin; Football Development Officer, Nick Tarrant; Club Development Officer, Steve Raven; Women's and Girls' Development Officer, Chris Bolderstone; Promotions and Marketing Officer, Peter Steward; Schools' Liaison Officer, John Kimberley; Events Co-ordinator, Richard Gamble; Volunteers' Co-ordinator, Nick Tarrant; Referees' Co-ordinator, Tim Sadler.

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