Chairman’s Message - January 2021
Hello everyone, and a very Happy New Year to you all. As promised, I’m back with another update. I will endeavour to provide a monthly brief, where possible, after our monthly management meetings to let you know what we are doing to take the club forward and what’s going on behind the scenes.
As we all know, Covid is still wreaking havoc around the country. I won’t politicise the club and engage in any opinions regarding the matter but we are fully aware that it isn’t ideal for many people, especially those who have had loved ones or businesses effected by the situation. As we are in currently in Tier 5/Lockdown 3.0, we still remain very much closed for business from a social club point of view. We had been hoping to start and host some junior training sessions utilising the facilities at Shotley Tennis Club, however all of these things are currently not allowed under current government guidelines. Our junior committee, currently headed by Stuart Graham, will continue to endeavour to provide something for our junior members but our hands are very much tied by what the Government put in place.
Time for some positive news, yes there is some available!
Firstly, our pro for 2021, Azim Kazi, has made an encouraging start to his first-class season in India. He has put up good numbers in Maharashtra’s first 3 games of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, so if this continues then he should arrive in good form come April.
As a committee, we are still constantly liasing with each other via zoom, e-mail, text, phone call, smoke signal and carrier pigeon to ensure that the day to day running of the club is still being taken care of.
The 100 club will be back up and running from the first Monday in February, my thanks go to Mark Roe for taking up the mantle on this, which I’m pleased to report finally has all 100 numbers spoken for for the first time in my memory, and provides the club with a steady trickle of income alongside the also successful bonus ball.
As a committee we have also given the seal of approval to a number of projects to improve the club and are looking forward to being able to reveal more details of these in due course. These are designed to make the experience for all visitors to the club that much better and also safeguard the financial capabilities of the club going forward too!
We have also managed to secure a new shirt sponsorship/club title sponsor deal courtesy of Movin’ Legal. As a result of this deal, all senior players will be receiving match shirts with their company logo on and means that all teams should look nice and smart for the new season and beyond with the help of our kit suppliers at Lorimers too. Don’t forget that they currently have a 10% sale on all club branded items which is available until the end of January when ordering through their website should you wish to purchase any game or leisure wear.
We will also be seeking sponsorship of our junior sides for 2021 if possible, meaning that junior playing shirts would display the company name or brand on the front of these as well as a sponsor board and advertising on all club social media going forward. If you think you know anyone who would be interested in becoming one of these sponsors then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
As ever thanks to our merry band of committee members for remaining positive throughout these challenging times and hopefully enabling us to be in an excellent position to welcome you all back to the club in April.
I hope that you are all keeping well and coping ok with the current restrictions. Don’t forget that as a club, we aren’t just here for you on Saturdays in the summer, but all year round. If you do have any concerns or worries, then we are only a text, e-mail or phone call away. Don’t be afraid to get in touch.
I wish you all well in the meantime and look forward to a time where I can see you all in person again soon. Best wishes, Ian
Chairman’s Message - December 2020
Hello everyone. I’m writing to you all after what has certainly been one of the most difficult years in living memory for me and so many others. Firstly let me introduce myself, my name is Ian Cox. I was elected chairman at the 2020 club AGM. I have been a member of the club for 23 years and previously held various roles, some of which I still do today. I have been a team captain at various levels, ran the Under 18 team for several years, been a member of the committee and more recently have taken up roles as the fixtures secretary and the Designated Premises Supervisor (licensee for those old school folk among you).
Unfortunately this was done in particularly heart-breaking circumstances for us as a club as out long standing chairman Alan Waters sadly passed away just over a week after standing down having spent 14 years at the helm of the club. Firstly I’d like it to be known what a fantastic job Alan did during his tenure. He did everything around the club with enthusiasm and a smile on his face. He was always extremely welcoming to members, supporters and opposition alike. He worked with juniors and seniors alike and was always around to pass on his wisdom to anyone who required it, nothing was ever too much trouble. He also contributed so much off the field as part of the club committee. I certainly have enormous shoes to fill in attempting to carry on and progress his great work.
Also within the club management structure, we saw the departure of another two long-standing committee men - Colin McPherson and Mike Rodgers. Colin and Mike had been involved in various roles between them ranging from secretary, president, chairman, bar treasurer and club treasurer. They also enjoyed successful playing careers for the club spanning several decades. Their experience and knowledge will be sorely missed, although I’m sure they will still be happy to advise should we need to call upon them at some point, as they still hold the club interests in high regard.
As a committee we have Stephen Horn taking up the reigns as club secretary and David Williamson taking over as treasurer. We also have Mark Dixon, Nathan Smith and John Stokoe joining the committee going forward to assist us with the running of the club, something which is done entirely on a voluntary basis. I appreciate the time given up by all of the members who do their bit to keep the club running in the best interests of everyone. Details of who does what within the club can be found on the website by visiting the officials section on the menu on the home page.
Going forward we hope to do out best to carry on the good work done by our previous members, and I hope to oversee some exciting projects that will benefit the club in the long term. We are delighted to retain the services of 1st X1 captain Stuart Graham, who despite interest from elsewhere has committed to his boyhood club. We are also very pleased to be able to welcome the permanent signing of youngster Jack Murray who joins from Leadgate and provides a strong 1st X1 bowling option as well as useful lower order batting which he demonstrated during his guest spell in 2020. Also joining our ranks for 2020 is Indian professional Azim Kazi, a left arm spinner and top order batsman, he will certainly add strength to our side. See the news section of the website for a more detailed report of Azim’s credentials.
All in all 2020 has been a hard year both on and off the field. The playing side was cut to only a third of our usual games with cup competitions all suspended and we as a club failed to turn out strong sides at times. We can take heart though, our Sunday Academicals side lead by Mark Roe and Stephen Horn, reached the play-off finals of the HLSCL, suffering a narrow defeat in the final at Blackfyne. Some bright performances in our 2nd X1, especially from youngster Will Marshall shows that the future is bright. Hopefully we will one day see him follow in the footsteps on his father Steven and represent the 1st X1 in future. We must also thank those who guested for the club over the shortened season - Jack Murray, Luke Fletcher, Adam Golightly and Alex Manning who allowed us to fulfil all but one fixture in challenging times.
More disappointingly our social calendar was decimated. Some of our regular features such as Ladies Day, Summer Spectacular and Conny Bongo Bingo could not go ahead and some one off events we had planned also had to be shelved. The bar was however, well supported during the short time we have been permitted to open this year and I would like to thank those who did so.
The clubhouse remains closed for the foreseeable future due to our region being placed under Tier 3 restrictions at the start of December. We will of course be monitoring the progress of this and seeing how we can again adapt to being able to open. Unfortunately as a ‘wet pub’, we are only able to do so once the region reaches Tier 1, so it may be quite a while yet before we are able to welcome you all back. We will of course be looking to plan ahead for the summer and deliver a range of social events, something which not only sees new faces come to the club but goes a long way toward securing the financial viability of the club as the bar is our main source of revenue.
Under Tier 3, organised sport is allowed to take place. Bearing this in mind, we are planning for a full fixture list to take place starting from April. All being well we will be in a much lower Tier by then, if at all so will be able to welcome families and supporters back to watch the sport we all love come the start of the season.
Apologies for lengthy update, however I will endeavour to provide regular updates for everyone as to what is happening within the club. By doing so regularly, I should be able to keep them brief if possible. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our website and socials for updates for all things Consett CC.
If you feel at any point that you are able to contribute toward the club in any way, don’t hesitate to get in touch. As a wise man once said to us, “Don’t ask what your club can do for you, but what you can do for your club”
It’s your club, not mine. All ideas and suggestions are always welcome.
I will sign off by wishing you all the very best over the festive period. One which will be unlike any you’ve experienced before. I will be back to provide an update in the New Year and hopefully I might get the chance to start seeing some of you in person once again. Take care of yourselves in the meantime.
Best wishes everyone, Ian.