March 2017 Newsletter

On The Field
It's not all been plain sailing in the Premier League with the loss of two games and we need to avoid dropping many more points if we are to retain the title for an eighth year. Progress in the cups has been good so far and June 10th sees us in yet another Mactavish final, this time against Kilmallie. It will however be a poignant encounter following the recent tragic death of Duncan Rodger who was known to so many people in the club.

An attractive fixture to look forward to is on 8th July when we play Kyles Athletic in the third round of the Camanachd Cup at the Eilan.

The 2nd team have been going well and although they have dropped a couple of points are undefeated so far. The best performance of the season was their 8 – 2 win away to the highly fancied Aberdeen University.

Funding for Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field
The target for this is just over £20k and we have now secured £10k from Awards for All, £5k from The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation and £1k from Tesco. In addition to that the first few jam jars filled with silver coins have given us over £100! Please keep on filling the jars as it could potentially bring us another £1k

Williamson 6s
The Williamson 6s are on Wednesday 7th June from 1800 and we hope to raise money from a BBQ as usual. This is a great evening played on three pitches so please come and support all the youngsters.

The Coffee morning on Sat 22nd April in the village hall coordinated by Jane Stewart raised over £500 including the raffles. Many thanks to the fantastic home bakers

50/50 raffle tickets Thanks to Sandra 7 Alan Grant & family who volunteered to sell these on 1st team match days. Lucky winners have had as much as £125 and the club benefits by the same amount. Don't miss buying them.

- we have spare fundraising jars available for you to put your silver coins in during the season in aid of the Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field. Over £100has been returned already
- Match day home baking The quality of the match day home baking is fantastic and I think is the main reason some of our supporters attend! The Committee really appreciate this donation which is also raising a fantastic amout of money with as much as £250 raised from refreshments at matches.

Fundraising planned

- The Texas Scramble is on Sunday 25th June and Jazza will shortly be asking for team entrants.

- We have persuaded Alaister Jeffrey to swap his long distance running to do the hill race [or get a substitute if he is not recovered from injury!] at the Highland Games on 5th August and have a fundraising sweep on his time. We will also have our stall as usual so volunteers for this are welcome.   We will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets.

- The 'Veterans' 6s is on Sunday 13th August. The revised format sounds like it will attract a great entry and crowd: a Veteran over 40, a lady & an under 18 must be in each team.

- A Shinty/Shooting event organised by Evan Cheyne will take place in September

- The Race Night organised by Eddy has a new date of Saturday 16th September

- The Xmas sale is on Saturday 3rd December. Apart from the Xmas Hampers we hope to have 12 good prizes for a bumper 12 Days of Xmas raffle.

Taking Child Protection and Conduct seriously

Codes of Conduct and the Child Protection Policy are on display in the clubhouse. In accordance with good practice we are issuing the following documents to all our coaches – the Child Protection Policy, the Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children and the Code of Conduct for Coaches.

Also sent out with this newsletter is a copy of the Parents Code of Conduct as a reminder of the behaviour that the club expects. If you see behaviour that breaches this code I hope you will either challenge it or let us know about it.

Risk Assessment
We still have not had a response from the Council to move the 30 mph limit beyond the Eilan as part of the solution to speeding cars. A number of other risks round the ground have been identified and an action plan is in place to reduce them. For instance the mobile goals should be padlocked together at the end of official practice as there is a risk of children using them unsecured which has led to injury at other sports grounds.

There are two 1st team match ball sponsorship opportunities left against Fort William in the Macaulay and Kyles Athletic in the Camanachd Cup. There are also a couple of 2nd team games left. The price is still £20.

Advertising Boards
As always it would be great if you could introduce the club to a business, charity [special rates] or an individual who would be interested in taking an advertising board at the Eilan. Maybe you could take one yourself!

The price has been unchanged for over 10 years! It is £350 for three years including manufacture and display of the board. Paying by 3 yearly installments of £150, £105 & £105 is also an option.

We are pleased that Antlers Cafe is the latest local business to agree to advertise at the ground. Thanks to Tony Robinson, Iain Brodie and John Begg for the repairs to the ad boards.

Sanding and spiking
The sanding/spiking of the Eilan at the beginning of May was delayed but will hopefully happen soon. Fertiliser will be applied at the same time. Richard Ralph has kindly agreed to carry out a daisy treatment.

Date for the diary
The Dinner Dance is on Saturday 11th November in the Village Hall.

to PJ Mackintosh and Rob Ritchie for their awards at the AGM of the Badenoch and Strathspey Sports Clubs. PJ received the coaching award and Rob's award was recognition so many years fantastic involvement, particularly in supporting shinty and highland games.

Ian Gibson Tel 01540 673048 Mob 07817 378729  31st May 2017