Newly-elected juniors captain Tim Bailey has acknowledged the vast contribution of his predecessor, Catherine Clark.
After five years leading the junior section of the Cambridge Football Club, Catherine Clark (pictured) has seen its numbers double to more than 500 young players.
In an email to the club’s membership, Tim Bailey said:
“I think the first and most important action that needs to be taken as the new Junior Club Captain is an acknowledgement of the phenomenal amount of work and time Catherine Clark has volunteered to the club over the last five years.
“In the five years that Catherine has been heading the junior section of the club its numbers have more than doubled to over 500, with over thirty teams in 12 different grades playing all over the Waikato, up to Auckland and across to the Bay of Plenty.
“The success that many of the clubs top teams have achieved over the last five years is due in part to the organisational skills Catherine has bought to the club, as well as all the fantastic coaching the clubs players have received from team management.
“Her youngest son Asher has worked his way through the ranks to the 9th grade this year and Catherine can be seen on the sideline cheering on her son, between talking to club members, organising the shop, and fielding all manner of questions.
“It appears that there is a great passion for football in the Clark family as well as excellent management and coaching skills that has enabled the club to flourish on many levels.
“On behalf of everyone at the club we would like to thank you for the passion and enormous amount of time that you have brought to and put into running the Cambridge Football Club over the last five years.”
Tim Bailey said he was delighted Catherine Clark’s expertise would still be available to help develop the club’s Player Development Programme and delivering the Cambridge Football Club Academy.
“This is an important part of continuing the growth in excellence and player development at the club giving all the players the best opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of the beautiful game.
“The youth section starting from ages 13 and going up to age 20 is a part of this growth plan and is the current focus of growth at the club.
“With the Ricki Herbert Football Academy agreeing to partner with Cambridge Football Club to deliver coaching to the top teams and assist with coaching advice and training across the rest of the junior levels.
“The club committee including Catherine have done a great job securing the services of the Ricki Herbert Football Academy to the club and we look forward to seeing the benefits right through the club.”
Tim Bailey’s own involvement in the club has largely been through his three children – Ethan who has been at the club for four years, Cooper for three years and Greta who has yet to play but watch out if she does!
“I have enjoyed coaching Cooper’s team for several years and watching Ethan from the sideline benefiting from the excellent coaching he has received. I am passionate about all the players and parents being involved and having a great time, whether they are watching or playing.”
“I look forward to meeting you all out on the Football field in 2018!”