There’s lots to talk about this week and most of it isn’t football – I leave that to Caggs :). At least it keeps his mind briefly off another ‘stellar’ performance from his beloved Carlton on the weekend.
Grading done and dusted
Round 4 signals the end of the grading rounds for the club. Within the next week we will have the draw for the year. In the most part, the teams will be a lot more stable. Thanks for all those that have helped accommodate the changes in locations, times, players and played up or extra games as we tried to stabilise each team. The grading process is a formal process run by the league and the results are published this week. As Rovers, we have had some moves up and down right across our teams, but overall our teams are playing in groups of similar ability, which is great.
Rocking up for the Rovers Local
The weekend started off with the Rovers Local at Boss James and a pie night for one of our bigger age groups – the U15s. It was great to see so many people come down to enjoy and support the club. It was amazing to welcome many of the East Sandy parents to our club rooms, with the U15s being the first of three years in the merged East Sandy Rovers side. It’s looking like the merged sides are once again a great success story for the club. The next Rovers Local is on Friday 31 May – we’d love to see you there!
Sunning on Sunday
Sunday was another great ‘winter sport’ day with the sun shining on our games all day. Again, a bunch of mixed results but all in all the fun ratio was very high for our kids. It’s great to see the teams all coming together with lifelong bonds being formed. The skill level across all age groups has certainly improved so well done to all.
Thanks to our volunteers – you rock!
I’d like to call out all of our volunteers! This week is National Volunteers Week. Our humble club has 398 people (!!) registered in the league’s child safety system (Everproof) as available and willing to help the Rovers perform a game day task. I thank each and every one of you for your help and support. Rovers Football Club is a volunteer club and without you we simply cannot get the 600 kids playing each week. In fact, we need about 800 hours each week to run the Junior part of the club. Whether it’s 1 or 5 hours that you give, I thank you all for your generous support of our kids.
If you are looking for another way to help, we might have something that’s right down your alley.
- AUCTION ITEMS FOR THE GALA DINNER – we are looking for people to help source auction items over the next couple of weeks for our Gala Dinner that can be sold to raise funds for the club. You’d need to be available for a few hours during business hours to approach other businesses. Could you help? Or you might have something that you’d like to donate to auction (we are looking for premium items – like weekend holiday rentals; tradie work at cost; experience days; multi-passes for gyms, physios, osteos, etc; vouchers; corporate boxes). Please let me know!
- GALA DINNER SET UP – if you are more of an events person, we need some help on Saturday 22 June between 2.00pm and 5.00pm to setup the Brighton Town Hall for the event. We also need people to help clean on Sunday 23 June between 9.00am and 11.00am Please let us know if you can help.
Sir Douglas Nicholls Round – Indigenous Round
This round of football is the Sir Douglas Nicholls Round. We would ask that we respect the traditional owners of the land we play on and recognise and celebrate indigenous players and culture this weekend. Hampton Rovers has always been an open, accepting and inclusive club and this weekend will illustrate and celebrate this too.
Doorknocking for the Salvos
Once again, the Hampton Rovers are supporting The Red Shield Appeal. Our Under 8s to 10s will be supporting a door knock collection this weekend, with all other teams supporting coin collection on game day with the tin to rattle. With your support this year can be another standout year for collections. Every little bit does help.
Donations and sponsorship to support the club
Please note that as a club we are now registered with the Australian Sport Foundation. Donations to Hampton Rovers through this foundation is tax deductible. With the financial year end approaching please consider helping us through your business. If you would like to be a Club Sponsor please let us know. We currently have a sponsorship spot on our team manager kit bags. These bags are designed to last 4 to 5 years so it’s a great sponsorship opportunity for a local business that wants to be seen.
To wrap up, I would once again encourage all of our members to get your tickets fast for our major club event – the Gala Dinner o 22 June. It’s going to be a great night and over half of the tickets are sold already.
See you Sunday
Passion, Teamwork, Fun and Respect