As we enter into the festive period, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on what is now nearly the first half of the season gone and and so much achieved in a short space of time!
We managed to secure sponsorship agreements with a number of local businesses, who have shown tremendous support, Thank you to our main sponsor Reflections Hairdressing Group and also, to all of our other valued partners……..
Burchills Fruit & Veg, The India Cottage, The Ring’ O’ Bells Pub, Nailsea Construction, Gordano Carpets
We look forward to welcoming you all to our sponsors Saturday in the new year and we will confirm the date soon!
On the pitch
A new management team for the first team was appointed in July with the experienced Alan Smith coming in as manager and his backroom team Rich Lucas (assistant) and Gary Ricketts (physio) who have all settled into the club brilliantly and added great value on and off the pitch.
The first team are going well, currently sitting in second position in the Somerset County Premier Division and still competing in the later stages of the cup competitions. The Reserves have also made a great start to the Somerset County Division 1 league and are challenging at the top of the table in a very competitive division, having been promoted last season. A big highlight so far this year is the introduction of several young players into the club, representing both first team and reserves following a great relationship with the new Nailsea Under 18’s team managed by Damien Robbins.
Off the pitch
We have a very strong, positive and pro active committee who have been instrumental for the great improvements to the ground at Fryth Way, focusing on community partnerships and future planning. In September we launched a community dog walkers scheme to work with local people and the police to improve safety and reduce crime in the area around our ground at Fryth Way, this was following a few incidents by mindless vandals. We would like to thank the local community for their great support with this.
We held our annual ‘Tickly Come Dancing’ show at the start of November, a fantastic success once again which raised substantial funds, attended by a 300 strong audience. A sincere thank you to everyone who took part and to all who came to support. A huge thank you as always to Al and Jamie for once again raising the bar, what a great night, I still hear people talking about it around the town!!
Tickly Come Dancing - The Auditorium at Nailsea School
The ground is really beginning to take shape now and we have made some great cosmetic improvements by installing new dugouts (Thanks to Chrissy Corner and Rich Lucas), a hard standing area ( Thanks to Tom and Little Jon), Our new ground entrance Welcome sign, a huge thanks to Clive at Reflections, and just this week we have unveiled a new covered standing area for those cold ,wet and windy days.
The New Covered area, Reflections entrance sign & New dugouts
Going forward into 2018 you can really support N & T FC by getting involved in the Bags of Help initiative at Tesco, where, throughout January and February, we will be featured as one of the voting options for the blue tokens. We are raising money to fund a community defibrillator, which will be accessible to the general public at our Fryth Way ground. Even at a significant cost, we feel that player, officials and supporters well-being is vitally important , so any support would be greatly appreciated, please vote for us with your blue tokens at Tesco, Nailsea !
Chrissy Corner – Our injured soldier !!
As many of you will be aware, Chrissy encountered a horrendous injury a few weeks ago, breaking his leg in two places during the Reserve team fixture against Uphill Castle. The response for support has been nothing short of amazing as he is a self employed lad who now has many months of rehab ahead of him.
The most generous unexpected gesture came completely out of the blue, from soccer star, Joe Bryan, who plays for Bristol City. Joe, who originally comes from Backwell, has offered to pay for all the physiotherapy for Chris as he begins the long journey on his road to recovery. This amazing gesture, found its way all over the local, regional and even the national press, but the biggest, was yet to happen, it featured on Sky Sport News!!
The club have also been busy raising funds for Chrissy as well and our thanks go out to all of the organisations and individuals who have donated amazing raffle prizes, these will be drawn at the Annual Nailsea & Tickenham FC family day on the 23rd December at the Ring O Bells pub. Tickets still available to purchase by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay positive Chrissy, the club are right behind you in every way!!
Time to sign off for now and I am looking forward to the second half of the season and lots more of the above progress!
It just leaves me to say a big thank you to everyone involved with the club and wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.
Nailsea & Tickenham FC