With the new nets in place (almost!) and the club looking to its longer term future, it was very encouraging that the A.G.M. was the best-attended for many years. Some restructuring of the sub-committees and the creation of new posts shows a certain amount of ‘succession planning’ is taking place and while it might be a breeze rather than a wind of change blowing through the club there is certainly enough new blood on the various committees to be optimistic about the club’s future.
Long-serving Chairman Steve Phoenix is poised to begin his 34th season at the helm but, for the first time in Great Melton’s 43-year history the Chairman will have a deputy with Vice-Principal of Cromer Academy, Phil Bugg, elected Vice Chairman. Other new additions to the Executive Committee include Richard Wood as Secretary, Sallyann Weston as Membership Secretary and Marcus Mawby as Pavilion/Bar Manager while Chris Brook takes on another new role, that of Volunteer Coordinator.
The rest of the Executive Committee remains the same but, with Olly Harris standing down as First Team Captain after leading his team back to Division 2 of the Norfolk Alliance, the firsts remain in good hands with former skipper, Richard Waddell, returning to the role. James Robb, assisted by Connor Stearman, will captain the MNSL side while Nick Mackenzie will take on the role of Midweek 1st Team skipper. The other captains were re-elected: Simon Woods (A Team), Matt Rushton (B Team) and Chris Elliott (Midweek A Team). Duncan Greenslade will continue to manage the C Team with Steve Phoenix as skipper.
Treasurer Richard (Leo) deSalis who received a glowing report from the auditor, presented the statement of accounts which showed that, despite a considerable outlay on the new nets and a the replacement of the outfield mower, the club is in a healthy financial position thanks to the flourishing junior section and the efforts of the Fundraising group comprising Rich Waddell, Matt Clarke, Nick Mackenzie, Ellie Jakes and Celia Phoenix. On the recommendations of the Finance Committee the proposal to raise senior subscriptions to £40 (£20 for students, unemployed etc), keep match fees the same (£6 weekends and £3 midweek) but raise the ‘tea payment’ by £5 to £30 was carried.
The decision was made to disband the Sunday A Team unless there became a demand for Sunday friendlies to cope with an influx of players or increased availability. There will, however, be a tour on late-May Bank Holiday weekend with Leeds the intended venue. Players interested in going are advised contact Nick Mackenzie.
The Club is also on the lookout for a main club sponsor but there are many other sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Matt Clarke if you are interested in finding out more.
Coaching Coordinators George Bunn and Ryan Hayward announced that pre-season nets would be at Easton & Ottley College from Wednesday 28th February to Wednesday 11th April (7.30-9.30 p.m.). New players will be very welcome.
The Junior Teams will be managed by Kannan Kuppusamy (U15s), Maxine Rushton (U13s), Martin Alcock (U11s) and Chris McKay (U9s).
Other Officers are: President: Nick Evans-Lombe; Welfare Officer: Celia Phoenix; Groundsman: Mike Phoenix; Fixture Secretary: Steve Phoenix; Junior Committee Chairman: David Bunn; Junior Representatives: Kyle Weston & Caitlin Ellis. Alan Farmer (Pavilion Sub-Committee), Rob Sims (Fundraising/Social) and Lewis Cooper (Finance) have been co-opted onto various sub-committees but more members are needed particularly on the Fundraising/Social and Pavilion/Bar sub-committees.