TONBRIDGE ANGELS Football Clubs Youth Section held their annual presentation awards at the Hilden Manor on Saturday evening, writes Barry Jeffrey.
114 players, managers, coaches, parents, brothers, sisters and friends enjoyed a 3-course meal before the awards were made.
The guests of honour were the Tonbridge Angels first team manager Tony Dolby and his family, and the youth’s former head-coach Geoff Curtis.
The youth section chairman Mick Spenceley made the opening speeches where he welcomed the guests, and all those who were present. A special award was made to retiring secretary Dave Cole by the under 18’s skipper Andrew Crush on behalf of the youth section. In his absence a mention was made for the retiring treasurer Richard Tubb.
First up for the awards were the under 14’s where coach Daryl Willard praised the advances the squad had made during the season. Geoff Curtis made the presentations to the award winners. The ‘Clubman of the Year’ award went to Paul Clements, the managers ‘Player of the Year’ was awarded to Robert Holbourn, and the players ‘Player of the Year’ was won jointly by Sam Colley and Nick Chellel.
For the under 15’s coach Simon Hodge stated that the squad had largely been new and it took until Christmas time to get them playing and gelling together, but that there had been a vast improvement. Geoff Curtis also made these presentations. The ‘Clubman of the Year’ was awarded to Sam Gower, the managers ‘Player of the Year’ was awarded to Josh Fairclough, and the players ‘Player of the Year’ was won by Vinnie Westripp.
The under 16’s manager Barry Jeffrey praised his squad highly by saying that they had been the best ‘footballing team’ that he had had the privilege of having in his six seasons at under 16. Tony Dolby made the presentations to the award winners. The ‘Clubman of the Year’ award went to Matt Hollyoak, the managers ‘Player of the Year’ was Louis Smith, and the players ‘Player of the Year’ was Tom Reeves.
For the under 18’s coach Alan Burns was
full of praise for the team spirit and camaraderie within the squad. Tony Dolby
also presented these awards. The ‘Clubman of the Year’ award went to Craig
Thompson, the managers ‘Player of the Year’ went to Jon Heath, and the players
‘Player of the Year’ was won by Andrew Crush.
The youth section at Tonbridge Angels Football Club have a position for an experienced manager available for their Kent Youth League Under 15 squad, and an availability for an F.A. Qualified (EUFA 'B') coach to assist with their Kent Youth League Under 14 squad. They would like these positions filled before their pre-season training commences on Sunday 4th July 2004.
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