AGENDA – 16th AUG 2012
- Chairman open meeting.
- Secretary’s Report
- Treasurer’s Report
- Chairman Address
- Chairman Dissolves Elected Committee
- Election of Officers & Committee Members
I would like to welcome everybody here to the 42nd Annual General Meeting and I would like to begin my report by extending my gratitude to the following members of the outgoing committee for whose work within and on behalf of Ratoath Harps has proved invaluable; Damien Ward (Chairman) ,Paul Harris (Treasurer), Mark Flood, Gary O’Connor, Hazel O’Connor, Jimmy Colfer, Darragh O’Neill , Brian Conway and Aidan McHugh.
The season 2011/2012 began with our club fielding 32 teams consisting of 2 senior men’s teams , a ladies senior team, an over 35’s team and the balance being made up of our schoolboys /girls involved in small side games , 11-a-side football , also 3 soccer academy’s in action on Fridays evenings and Saturday mornings.
The logistics of allocating pitches, making sure referees allocated are contacted, insuring fixtures are fulfilled, and affiliated leagues are informed of results whether home or away are the responsibility of the individual league secretaries. I would like to offer a special word of thanks to NDSL secretary’s Susan Ward and Imelda Gorman, LSL secretary Brian Conway, over 35’s Phil Doran, and finally to Darragh O’Neill, Mick Donnelly with regard to the upkeep and maintenance of the playing areas and training facilities.
We held a number of fundraising events throughout the year ,to name a few the Soccerton, Table Quiz and golf classic I would like to express my thanks to Michael Connolly, Darragh O’Neill, Brian Conway, John O’Connor , Gary O’Connor, Hazel O’Connor , Damien Ward and Susan Ward for their effort in putting these events together. At this time I would like to thank all the local businesses and others from further afield who have sponsored our club in any way.
I would also like to congratulate all of our teams that participated in cups or leagues during the season, whether successful or not, and all players that made it on to the representative panels, but a special mention in relation to our senior 1st team which won promotion to Leinster Senior League Intermediate Section and also to Darren Tinnelly for his selection on Irish Colleges squad
On behalf of Ratoath Harps a special word of thanks to all our Managers, Assistant Managers, Academy Coaches and adhoc volunteers, for their time and hard work which is all given up on a voluntary basis, without this involvement the success of our club could not be achieved. Your contribution week in week out is invaluable.
As you can see by the number of teams we currently have turning out each week the harps is a very large organisation and the executive have put in place the following sub committees in place / Development, Fundraising, Communication and Football to ease the work load and report back to Executive on a monthly basis.
The football committee was stood down in March after the executive had decided it had run its course I would like to thank the Mark Flood, Aidan McHugh, Des McLoughlin, Noel Farrelly, Barry Breen, for the work they have put in during over the last couple of years . The Executive had decided that a new direction was needed by the club in relation to football matters and after consultation and Dialogue with the FAI , it was decided to advertise for a Director of Coaching with overall responsibility for Football within the Club. This position had been advertised on the FAI Coaching site and we are currently in discussions with candidates for this role and in the Interim Dave Moore, Tony Lovett, Damien Ward and Myself are looking after football Issues as we plan for the forthcoming 2012/2013 season to have squads/managers and training rosters prepared for when pre-season starts again.
Finally as many of our members have lost close family and friends over the course of the season I would like to conclude my report by asking everybody to stand and take a moment of reflection in remembering these absent family, friends and members.
Yours in sport
Dates for Diary
14th September Golf Classic @ Blackbush Golf Club