Despite the virus, one group has produced a wonderful magazine – and such a wonderful cover too expressing ‘Hope’.
The Jam Magazine is the official organ of the Whitchurch United Football Club and is packed with news of the Jam Boys – the local Whitchurch football club.
“Well, where to begin? Tough one.”
Pete Adams, Chairman, opens his message with “Well, where to begin? Tough one.” the season was brought to an abrupt end but there were already a host of positives to take on for when the terrible virus emergency is over. It is Peter’s last season as Chairman and over his tenure the Club has been put in a strong position with the Testbourne artificial pitch now available and the Town Council’s sports pitches nearing completion. He ends by noting that the Club needs support “to maintain the great set up”. It deserves it.
Packed with news
The magazine runs through the opportunities and challenges that face the Club and the great camaraderie that exists within the management, coaches, supporters and the players, along with the sadness that goes with the tenure of managers Mark Whitehorn and Darren Blake coming to an end. There are also round ups from all the teams along with the success of the First Team being 8th in the league when the season regrettably ended prematurely.
New Wessex Team Secretary Peter Flint took over from Kelly Rutledge last July and has firmly established himself as strong administrator and hard worker shown my his highlight of “cutting the grass around the whole pitch with a motor mower – I will never complain about cutting my small lawn again”.
An incredible 17 youth teams – and more too
Whitchurch United is to be commended for its commitment to all levels of the game with 17 Youth teams including all ages from under 7s to under 16s, a Mini Kickers sessions for ages 4 to 6, a girls set up including Wildcat introductory sessions for girls which attract 20+ attendees, and of course the Wessex Senior side.
The future looks good.
The strong social and supporters activities are also highlighted, including quiz nights, race nights – and this publication wouldn’t be right without a brain teasing page of its own of its own – ‘Derek’s Quiz’.
Sadly there is an obituary to Brian Clifton who went on from Whitchurch United to play as an amateur for Southampton before turning professional and playing for Grimsby Town where he took the captain’s armband. He continued playing for various teams into his 60’s. Certainly a player to look up to. RIP Brian.
Whitchurch should be proud of its Club – its more than just football.
When Derek Robins, the Under 13 Black Coach, is asked in the magazine’s Spotlight feature “Do you have any ideas on how we can improve Football at Grass Roots level?”
“We need to remind kids that it is not just about winning but also friendship and fun”.
It is a philosophy that rings well; whatever the activity.
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The Jam – May 2020