Updated Tuesday 12 December 2017
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Kew Junior Football Club
President’s Report 2017 Season
In every aspect of our operations the 2017 season was a highly successful one for the Kew Junior Football Club (“the Comets”). Our highlights included:
- Record numbers of registered boys and girls for a total of in excess of 600 players;
- Record number of 30 teams entered into YJFL competition;
- Outstanding launch day and end of season celebration awards night;
- Consolidation of our Auskick program with great numbers of boys and girls attending every Saturday morning through the footy season and culminating in Stephanie Dahlson being awarded Auskick Centre of the year for the Central Region;
- The entry of our first stand-alone Colts team in many years;
- Building on our relationship with the Kew Senior Football Club;
- The continuing strength and success of all our girls’ teams;
- The continuing strength and success of all our boys’ teams;
- The launch of our electronic scoreboard officially opened by Federal MHR Mr Josh Frydenberg;
- Nine of our 18 teams playing for premierships making finals and five of them tasting premiership success;
- A strong and dedicated committee;
- A continuing strong balance sheet; and
- The ongoing commitment and contribution of all members of the Comets family.
Our vibrant club environment can be seen every week during every match we play. I am very proud of our inclusive and accepting environment where making a contribution on and off the field is valued. In 2018, we hope to continue to build on our impressive recent past by continually asking how we can do things better.
A community club is only as good as the Committee that works on its behalf and every member of the Comets Committee made their mark. For the number of players and teams that we have a huge amount of volunteer work goes into getting those teams onto the field of play. That works includes sourcing coaches and team managers, auditing and purchasing equipment, obtaining grounds to conduct pre-season, selecting teams, working with our Director of Coaching, responding to queries and attending pre-season and regular season training. Throughout the season there is attendance at YJFL events, YJFL compliance requirements, tribunal and other issues. The volume of work it significant and, at times, hard but it is also incredibly rewarding and satisfying to be involved with a football club. I am indebted to Tim, Kate, Michelle, Veronica, Nic, Matt, Michael, Justin, Sharon, Belinda and Mark.
Comets also stands out for the quality and number of social events that give our players and their parents the opportunity to connect with their community. Our photo nights, social nights and our formal events are magnificently organised and attended and they will continue to be a feature of our season in 2018.
There is still much to be done and I am confident that 2018 shall be an even bigger year than the one just gone. At Comets, we are planning to:
- Further improve the team allocation policy. We believe the policy makes the Comets a real community club open to all players from all schools providing them and their parents with playing and social opportunities;
- Improving our pre-season process by starting earlier for our older age groups and ensuring that plans are in place well in advance and communicated to all our members.
- Making our pre-season training commencing in term 1 in 2018 even better by keeping a close eye on numbers of boys and girls.
- Invest in our coaches to ensure appropriate support and development of their team;
- Better communicating our Friday night bar evenings to maximise attendance and enjoyment.
- Having access to enough grounds to enable us further growth;
- Celebrating the contribution of our coaches and team managers;
- Thank our generous sponsors and look for further sponsorship opportunities;
- Continuing to improve on Presentation Night with food vans and music and carnival rides that made it one of the biggest in memory with a fabulous atmosphere and energy to celebrate the year just gone;
- Improving our canteen facilities and food options;
- Building on our links with the Kew Senior Football Club;
- Continuing to think about other contributions your people can make to our club outside of playing football like umpiring, assisting at Auskick and working at the club; and
- Continue to lobby all levels of government in an effort to improve our facilities for all teams but particularly our female players and umpires.
Special mention also has to be made to Tim Harkness and Kate Coppock who leave the committee this year. Tim and Kate have been magnificent servants of and examples to our entire football club. We shall miss their wisdom at meetings and also the hours they put into making Comets great.
With every departure however comes great opportunity and I look forward to our newer members joining the committee to make their mark.
The Comets exists as a community club to promote and grow the game of Australian Rules Football it is a game that continues to capture our imaginations. Thank you all for a wonderful 2017 and I look forward to seeing everyone back in 2018.
Kew Junior Football Club
Girls age U13 up to Youth U17 and Boys u12-14
Please join us to keep your general fitness and skill levels in touch during the off season
When: Tuesday 5th and 12th December 2017 ( Last session for 2017)
Time: 6:30 -8pm
Where: Willsmere Park, 27 Willow Grove, Kew East
Bring: Runners (no boots), drink bottle
Nb these sessions are open to registered and unregistered players of season 2018.
Eligibility by 2018 applicable age group. If you have someone you would like to introduce to Comets please bring them along.
Boys from age U15 to Colts U17 Pre-Season Training
Last training session for 2017 will be from 6pm – 7:15-7:30ish at Willsmere Park followed by a team dinner with the Kew seniors at Colombo’s Restaurant in Balwyn. All Colts players & U15s are welcome to attend training and also invite anyone who is free to join the dinner afterwards.
Meet & Greet 2018 Colts Coaching Team
Meet & Greet the 2018 Colts Coaching Team, players and parents will be held late January / early February (date to be advised)
PRESEASON TRAINING COMMENCES ON TUESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2018, times and venue to be communicated .... stay tuned
SEASON TRAINING - Round 1 starts 15 April 2018 - last week of Easter School Holidays
Kew Comets have tenancy at Victoria Park, High Street Kew on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5-8pm – all training will take place during these times and Coach availability will determine training time and day. Each team will be allocated 1x1 hour training session per week for the duration of the season. Training commences Wednesday 11 and Friday 13 April 2018 and it is expected that all players attend training sessions regularly.
VOLUNTEERING AT THE COMETS
All committee members, coaches, team managers and helpers are volunteers juggling family work and other commitments to ensure our children are involved in a nurturing and strong community focussed football club. Your help is needed to continue to provide this amazing experience to your child. We are currently seeking volunteers in the follow areas and ask that you please consider joining the many wonderful parents that get involved.
We also welcome additional committee members and encourage you to have a chat with any one of our current committee members about joining our friendly team.
COACHES – Interested in being a Coach or an Assistant Coach in 2018 If you would like further information and would like to have a chat please contact Greg Mitchell, Comets Director of Coaching, m: 0434-183-010 e:gdmitchell@bigpond – AFL Level 1 Coaching training will be provided and paid for by the Club.
TEAM MANAGERS – Every team needs a Team Manager so please register your interest with Matt Gilmour at email@example.com
TEAM TRAINERS – Interested in becoming a Trainer in 2018 – KJFC will hold a (free) training course for parents interested in being a Team Trainer. The course will run over two nights ie 2x Wednesday night 6-9pm spread across 2 weeks. Course dates to be confirmed. The course will be held at our Club Rooms, Victoria Park, High Street Kew. CPR Updates will also be held during this course. Please note attendance on both nights is required. To register your interest please email Mark Stevenson firstname.lastname@example.org
UMPIRE TRAINING – In conjunction with the YJFL and AFL umpire associations we are looking at holding an umpires information session in early February for girls and boys who may be interested in finding out how to become an umpire and what is involved. Please register your interest Nic Culnane at email@example.com and you will be sent further information when a session has been confirmed.
SOCIAL CLUB & EVENTS – Help is always needed with organising Comets social events. Please contact Belinda Rotella to find out how you can help at firstname.lastname@example.org
BAR STAFF – This Season Comets will again organise the Comets Bar “Social Nights” and are looking for bar staff. RSA training will be provided by the Comets free of charge – please register your interest or if you would like further information contact Belinda Rotella at email@example.com
CODE OF CONDUCT – As a player, coach, parent or spectator involved with the KJFC ‘Comets’ it is important for you to familiarise yourself with the Club’s Code Of Conduct and abide by it at all times. The Code Of Conduct will be circulated to parents and players by the Team Managers at the start of the season.
CometsNews Nov17 published 12 November 2017 refer email
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