Yesterday we were recognized as the grassroots club of the year. This was out of 530 clubs.
It’s not bad for a small club in Walsall!
Four years ago today we didn’t know if we were able to continue as a club and after some dedicated volunteers decided to take over the management of the club we have gone from strength to strength both on the fields and off.
Today this award and being recognized by Staffordshire FA as the grassroots club of the year has shown that hard work and determination brings success.
Thank you to everyone at the club including those directly and indirectly involved for the hard work; commitment and dedication to serving the club; the local community and the children of Shelfield United.
Club Chairman, Leigh Tricklebank commented:
10 years ago I made the decision with Darren Raza Beech to run a team, and with the valued help of the then SUFC committee, Danny and I started our journey. In truth I only did this to spend time with Danny, but over a short period we made friends and I got the opportunity to be part of the great game.
Four years ago, almost to the day Shelfield United FC found themselves in a challenging position and a few good people agreed to take the club on. These magnificent people, amongst others were Vicky Birch Lee Edmunds Steve Phillips Katie Dowen & Carl Thompson. Immediately we agreed a strategy where we involve the many and set ourselves some difficult targets.
The natural progression of Grassroots Football UK means that good people leave, and this made it possible for probably the most important member of our club to join us. Pete Grice single handedly manages our finances, kit and equipment acquisitions and keeps Carl & I on the straight-n-narrow path.
Our targets included ambitious participation targets, including a team at each age group, and with the exception of one we will start 2020-21 with ~160 players representing the club between U7s thru U16s.
We have a +35 Vets team and thanks to recent members Mark Adams and Simon Cox we have two girls teams for the first time.
Our ambition to optimize the grounds has yielded 10 beautiful pitches in use and we are blessed to have one of the most amazing sites in the area. Further our dreams of changing rooms, toilets and improved stores have resulted in 4 years of saving and austerity, but by the end of October 2020 we will have new and improved facilities for all our members to enjoy.
To be awarded 2020 Staffordshire Charter Standard Club Of The Year is incredibly humbling and as Chairman, parent and coach I am extremely proud of all of our contributions. These accolades are magnificent but certainly not possible without the efforts of many, including our local leagues Lichfield & District Recreational League and Walsall Junior Youth Football League.
So on behalf of everyone associated with OUR CLUB, past and present, our valued sponsors, the wonderful parents and children and mostly the volunteers that make this happen…. Thank You All.
A final message to the amazing wives and husbands that facilitate our participation. In my case Emma Tricklebank who picks up the slack at home so that I can spend time at the club.Chairman, Leigh Tricklebank