Message from Our Chairman
2020 is nearly finally over! Surely 2021 has to be much, much better? We are all probably thinking like this and for all of us at Undy AFC it is no different.
This year has been a very challenging one for our football club but I’m certain that, as we head in to Christmas, everyone connected with the club has done what they can to leave us in the best possible shape for when some normality returns in 2021. It feels that we have effectively been “shut” for most of 2020 and yet we have still made progress in many areas.
We have maintained Cymru South league status (when the 19/20 season was settled on points per game basis)
We have received recognition from the FAW and others for developing youth football in the area
Our girls and ladies teams have grown during 2020 despite limited opportunities to play
Our grounds team have developed the Causeway playing surfaces with grant monies being secured for further developments to improve our facilities further
The Causeway bar has been completely redecorated
The club has been inspected and declared safe for Elite football to be played when we are allowed
All of this is impossible without the work and support of a lot of people, most of whom are unpaid volunteers. Our Committee members, section leaders, managers and coaches, matchday volunteers, groundmen and staff all play a vital part in our success and I would like to thank all of them for their tremendous hard work, especially this year.
Special thanks also to our amazing sponsors, many of whom have continued to support us even though no competitive football has been played. Mostly these are local business, many of whom, like us, are having a tough time of it and I would urge everyone in our community to note the names of our sponsors (you will find them on our website) and support them as much as you can. We would like to think we are a big part of our community and without these businesses we simply could not play our part so let’s all stick together and support each other.
With community events like first team matches, junior football tournaments and our annual fireworks events it has been harder to engage with the wider public this year. It has still been great to see parents and players in large numbers when the younger teams have been able to train and it has been great to see regulars and new faces joining us at the Causeway bar when rules allowed. A big part of my focus as a new Chairman is to really try to engage as fully as possible with the local community. I would welcome feedback from anyone who has an idea of how we can achieve this.
As we finish the year I must highlight the incredible work done by my predecessor, Rob Lynch and his vice chair, Phil Guard. Both will rightly be labelled club “Legends” and the progress made in all areas of the club during Rob’s 19 year tenure is incredible. You only need to see how much the club has grown and risen in stature to see what I mean.
If one good thing comes from the pandemic I hope that it is we all understand the need to help each other and stick together as a community. As a club we want to play our part in making sure everyone in our community knows they are welcome at our club and that we cater for as many people as possible. We don’t claim to be perfect and we are always looking to develop. If you aren’t currently involved but think you have something to offer I would welcome speaking to you.
2021 marks the ten year anniversary of our promotion to the Welsh league and it would be great to mark that anniversary with more progress, across all teams and on and off the pitch. It would be great to count on the support on existing and new club members to help us achieve this.
I’m afraid we won’t be able to welcome all to the Causeway bar for a Christmas drink on Christmas morning this year, so instead I’d like to wish everyone at our club and in the Undy & Magor area the safest and best Christmas possible.
We hope to open the Causeway as soon as possible in 2021 and look forward to welcoming you then.
Jason Davies (aka Slugger)