During my first few months at the helm of our Junior Football Club I have made a concerted effort to spend time at our various venues, be it at training or matches, so as to be a visible and as approachable, a Chair as possible. Leigh and Bransford Badgers is not my club, it is our club. Whilst departing Ralph’s Field on Saturday I witnessed something so disheartening that it has stirred me to share some observations I have gleaned post our AGM in July.
Seeing coaches, who have warmed up, refereed, coached, supported and consoled their squad, left to put away the goals and corner flags, carry the drinks bottles, balls, bibs, First Aid Kit was difficult to watch. Coaches left to cope brought home just how much we, as parents, should be doing to support those brave soles who have stepped up to volunteer. As a club we currently have more players than ever, we have more teams than ever, who subsequently need more coaches than ever and in turn those coaches need our support more than ever.
Success with the Badgers is pretty simple. Keeping all the teams playing. By giving all the players a chance and enough game time every week, encouragement, some fun with their mates, perhaps even the odd new skill here and there, they will turn up next season and do it all over again.