A Time to Consolidate

Welcome back to everyone in what promises to be a watershed year for the Club.  A wonderful year in 2001 culminated in us winning the Senior Premiership and all the hard work on and off the field pre-season paid off.

Well now it’s time to prove to all that Hampton Rovers can mix it with the best of them.  The coaching panel in 2002 comprises basically the same team with Norm Goss back as senior coach hearing the charge this year.  Let’s hope that any notion of a preconceived premiership hangover is nothing more than just that and that we get off to a positive start to the season.

This football season will see the introduction of our new clubrooms, which will provide us with new social rooms, a player’s gymnasium, and new toilets and showers for both player and supporter alike.  With other $300,000 committed to ensure better conditions for all, the support of everyone in helping us meet the resultant debt will be essential.  There will be a huge focus on club membership this year and both senior and junior committees will be hoping to increase the support in this area.  It is hoped that ALL supporters embrace this initiative and become a club member in 2002.

The successful match day luncheons will continue in what is sure to be impressive dining room facilities.  The senior committee asks everyone associated with the club to support this activity during the year at all home matches.

Club sponsorship in 2002 will play a very important role.  The clubroom extensions and the substantial loan that will result combined with the everyday running of the club puts great pressure on those tasked with the administration of the club.  Now is the time for this proud family orientated club to stand tall as one and meet the financial needs of the club head on.

In amateur circles the Rovers are said to have one of the biggest supporter groups in attendance on match days.  This was evident during 2001 at both junior and senior matches.  The players realise that for the majority of them this will be their greatest challenge.  They have been on the track since December 2001 and are working towards peak fitness levels for practice matches in March.  This year presents us with probably our greatest challenge as we strive to establish ourselves amongst the more powerful clubs.  Your continued support is essential.

Good luck to John and his team in the juniors.  Lets hope that success comes your way.  Last year we started the journey and to this point in time the travelling has been easy.  Strap yourself in as we take the next step in our quest for supremacy.

Bill Jowett
Senior President

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